I don’t find the picture editor in WordPress to be all that intuitive. Because I can’t be the only one out there that feels this way I figured that I’d walk through uploading a picture and show you how to edit it online. First off I wanted to let you know what version I am writing about. I am running version 3.0.1. I don’t see this changing too much in future version. I think these abilities are there since 2.5. People with WordPress experience will not need to read the first part of this article. You can skip directly to “How to Editing WordPress Thumbnail”.
Upload Picture to the WordPress Media Manager
I’m going to warn you this part of the “How to Article” is going to be VERY basic. To upload the picture to the Media Manager you must follow these steps:
1.) Log into WordPress (Duh!)
2.) Click on “Media” menu and then select “Add New”
3.) On the “Upload New Media” screen click the “Select Files” button.
4.) Select the file you want to upload to WordPress. I’m selecting the raccoon picture.
5.) Depending on the size of the file it will take some time. If it is really big WordPress automatically compresses the file for you.
6.) Rename the picture and hit “Save All Changes” button. This will complete the process of uploading the picture to the website.
Congradulation you’ve uploaded the picture to WordPress. Now onto part 2.
How to edit WordPress Thumbnail picture
This assumes that you just finished uploading the picture into WordPress using the steps above.
1.) You should now be at the Media Library
2.) Hover over the picture you just uploaded and click edit.
3.) Click “Edit Image”
4.) Under Thumbnail settings click “Thumbnail”.
5.) Make sure to select “1:1” Aspect ratio.
6.) Hold down your shift key and make the selection. Because you made the aspect ratio 1:1 the selection will be a square.
7.) This is the part of the process that I think is not the most intuitive. I would have thought if you just hit “Save” WordPress would save your selection! I then thought… Well what happens if you hit “Update Media”? I’ll tell you what happens. Nothing! Step #8 shows you how to save the selection. (Sorry for the rant)
8.)You’ve now got to click the “crop” tool button. This will finalize the crop.
9.) You can now hit “Save”.
10.) Click “Update Media”. You’re Thumbnail view should now be updated!
11.) You’re done!