MyEyesAreUpHere for better thumbnails in WordPress

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Meet Ethel. She has a problem. She’s fed up of crops that don’t focus on her gorgeous, gorgeous eyes. In a tall full body shot, WordPress thumbnails show nothing other than her belt. In a photo like this one, a square WordPress thumbnail just shows half her face.

That’s plain wrong. So imagine her delight when she discovered MyEyesAreUpHere at Github (don’t download the zip from there – Github handles externals badly) which means that she no longer has to put with terrible crops on her website. Her travel blog now has features of her looking magnificent in many beautiful locations and in all places on her site – her front page, her category views… everywhere!

Here’s an example of how it all goes wrong:

So all Ethel has to do is to add a hotspot, or use the face detection feature when editing the media file:

And hey presto, the cropped thumbnail now looks like this:

So, you can grab a copy from WordPress.org, or install it from within WordPress, go to GitHub and contribute… or you can live on with dodgy crops! But Ethel won’t be happy…

David Coveney

David Coveney

Dave has been working in the IT industry since forever, starting with payroll development and ERP consultancy for large corporates. He is a keen traveller, photographer and motorsport enthusiast, but now puts family first as he’s in love with his two little boys. Dave’s job title is “Director” which in a small company is another way of saying that he does all the things that developers hate to do, like account management, sales and so on. He’s usually complaining about being busy and has heard of “inbox zero” but believes it to be little more than a concept.

6 responses to “MyEyesAreUpHere for better thumbnails in WordPress

  1. I love this! Great job!

  2. An amazing idea and seriously useful. Good work.

  3. Great idea! I have designed lots of WordPress sites for people where I have had to crop all the thumbnails manually to avoid losing important parts of the image. It’s not just faces – there are loads of examples. Being able to select a hot spot that should not be cropped out is an excellent solution, well done!

  4. Wow, neat plugin. I wrote a review here http://wp.me/p47I3q-BK with more screenshots etc.

  5. That is super wicked. Great job !

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