WordPress includes the ability to crop images or thumbnails right from the media library, which is a very nice feature. But if you’re using a theme that has featured images or custom image sizes, you’re going to need this great plugin I just found. Many of the genesis child themes use these custom image sizes as featured images. The plugin is called Manual Image Crop and it makes cropping other images a breeze.
For the most part, those auto crops work out well enough, but every once in a while, I’ll have an image that just is not right with the default crop. For example, I had this image of a dog and it was showing the middle of the dog and cropping of it’s head – not optimal!
Once you install the plugin, simply view the image from the “Add Media” button in your post or page or through the Media Library. Under the image you will see a “Crop Image” button. Click it and you will get the popup widow you see below.
You can see from this little clip above what was showing before. At the top, you will see the tabs that allow me to crop the images for my custom sizes – Home bottom, Home middle, and Sidebar. And you can crop it differently for each image size. You can see the original picture size as well as the size you are cropping to. There is also an option to change the image quality, which can help load times.
If you are using featured images in your theme, this is a must have plugin!