How to edit images for WordPress, SquareSpace, Wix, or any website.
One of the most amazing things about having a Content Management System website, such as a WordPress site, is the ability to update it yourself. Let’s look at the many options available for Windows and Mac users, with free or low-cost options.
Doesn't WordPress crop and re-size images?
Yes. WordPress does provide image cropping and scaling of images you already uploaded, it’s best to upload them to the dimensions that are best for the site before you upload. WordPress creates 4 different files form 1 image (thumbnail, small, medium, large) so each image actually has 4 more versions of it. When you upload one image and then crop or scale it, you’ll now have 10 files of that image (the original, and its 4 sizes, and then the cropped, and its 4 sizes). In other words, you will end up with an unnecessary amount of images that bog down your backups and cost you time and money down the road in backups and recoveries.
Preview, you can access Tools in the menu to scale and crop. For more details on all the amazing things Preview can do with images and PDF files, follow this link on Apple’s Support pages.
macOS Photos (previously iPhoto)
Photos also has a great set of tools to do the same, and even enhance your photos if you want. There are TONS of things to do with iPhoto. To stay on top with the latest version, follow this link on Apple’s Support page for iPhoto for Mac and iOS.
Automator is a great way to batch-process a bunch of images all at once. It’s the easiest tool to create an app on a Mac, and also has it’s limitations. You can find more about its basic capabilities on Apple’s Automator page. If you need help with creating Automator apps, I can help you.
Windows 10 Paint 3D
If you are using Windows, there’s now Paint 3D. GIMP as mentioned above, is also available for Windows and is another stand-alone image editing app that is FREE and gets very good reviews. I don’t know much about it, and am still able to help you if you get stuck.
If your images are too small, there are now several options to upscale while using AI to enhance the image. Are we now living in the future? If you review Unmesh Dinda from PIXImperfect’s comparison of enlarging tools, his results show that IMGLarger does a better job than Photoshop and the others. https://imglarger.com