HELP! How to Resize your photo smaller using Pixlr
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How to crop your photos using Pixlr

How to crop your photos to a certain size using Pixlr

THE HELP! FILES

Sometimes photos that have been used on your WordPress site need to be cropped to a certain size before you can upload them. This is most common for slideshows – and WordPress will auto crop the image for you, but sometimes it just doesn’t look right (see below).

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Or you might want to use photos on your website that are all the same size – and will require some cropping before uploading.

Instead of purchasing Photoshop, we encourage clients to use Pixlr – an online editor that has many of the same features of Photoshop, but it’s free! Now let’s take the photo below and crop it so it appears properly in our slideshow.

GET STARTED
  1. Open the website www.pixlr.com/web
  2. Scroll down to see your selections. Click the blue Launch Web App button under “PIXLR EDITOR
  3. Click “Open Image from computer” and browse to the photo that you want to edit. It will open automatically in your screen.
HOW TO CROP AN IMAGE
  1. Select the “Crop” tool (first on the left) from the “Tools
  2. First, find out what the size you want to crop your photo. For our example, the slideshow we are using has a width of 900 pixels and a height of 340 pixels. Choose “Constraint: Output size” at the top and enter the dimensions for the width and the height.
  3. Take your mouse (which is now the crop tool) and press the right click and drag it along the photo where you want to crop your image (in this case, I want to show the ocean rather than the foliage). You will see small blue squares and a grid that will appear on your photo showing you where you are cropping.
  4. Click your “enter” button on your keyboard and your image will crop!

HOW TO CROP AN IMAGE

HOW TO SAVE YOUR NEW IMAGE
  1. From the top black navigation bar, Click “File” > “Save“. You can change the name of the photo, if you like. Leave the format setting on JPEG and lower the quality to 45 (this is adequate for web files).
  2. Click “ok” and save the file wherever you want on your computer. Now you are done.
  3. Next, just upload this file to your WordPress site, and voila! The slideshow image now shows a much improved photo of my favourite place, Kauai.

HOW TO SAVE YOUR NEW IMAGE

Below is the cropped photo of Kauai at 900 pixels wide x 340 pixels tall, saved at a quality of 45.

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