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Defining Image Sizes

Altis provides some default image sizes, that you can use to render images in the theme.

  • Thumbnail
  • Medium
  • Large
  • Post Thumbnail
  • Full

They have default dimensions, but you can override these either with code or in the admin, under Settings > Media.

Media Settings

Content Width

If your theme defines a content width via the $content_width (or $GLOBALS['content_width]) global, this size will override the size defined on the Settings > Media page. This will result in the Large size appearing to be the "wrong" size (using the size defined in the global rather than the size in the admin) in the media modal. This global is intended to be used as an upper limit on the width of images based on your theme's design.

For example, if your theme had a content area that was 1000 pixels wide, you might set the $content_width global in your theme like this:

add_action( 'after_setup_theme', function () {
	global $content_width;

	$content_width = 1000;
} );

With this setting, in the admin, even if the Large image size on the Settings > Media page is greater than 1000, the actual image size will never be larger than 1000, and this will be reflected in the media modal.

The $content_width variable has been a recommended part of a theme's functions.php file since WordPress 2.6.

Custom Image Sizes

A lot of times, you'll find that you need custom image sizes for different contexts, depending on your theme's design.

You can define custom image sizes with the add_image_size() function.

This function accepts the following parameters:

  • string $name: Image size identifier.
  • int $width: Optional. Image width in pixels. Default 0.
  • int $height: Optional. Image height in pixels. Default 0.
  • bool|array $crop: Optional. Whether to crop images to specified width and height or resize.

The custom image sizes should be declared in the callback function to the after_setup_theme action.


add_action( 'after_setup_theme', 'theme_setup' );
function theme_setup() {
	// Set the image size by resizing the image while maintaining the aspect ratio:
	add_image_size( 'constrained-thumbnail', 220, 180 ); // Image constrained to 220 pixels wide by 180 pixels tall
	// Set the image size by cropping the image (not showing part of it):
	add_image_size( 'cropped-thumbnail', 220, 180, true ); // Exactly 220 pixels wide by 180 pixels tall
	// Set the image size by cropping the image and defining a crop position:
	add_image_size( 'top-left-crop', 220, 220, [ 'left', 'top' ] ); // Hard crop left top

Custom images sizes do not show up in the editor by default when editing image blocks. See the Hooks and Filters section below to find out how to do this.


Cropping behavior for the image size is dependent on the value of $crop:

  1. If false (default), images will be scaled, not cropped.
  2. If an array in the form of [ x_crop_position, y_crop_position ]:
    • x_crop_position accepts 'left' 'center', or 'right'.
    • y_crop_position accepts 'top', 'center', or 'bottom'.
    Images will be cropped to the specified dimensions within the defined crop area.
  3. If true, images will be cropped to the specified dimensions using smart cropping by default, otherwise falling back to center cropping.

You can find more info in the WordPress developer guide

Using The Custom Sizes

Once you've defined custom image sizes there are different ways you can use them.

You can display a post's featured image at a given size:

// Output the post thumbnail image tag:
the_post_thumbnail( 'custom-size' );

You can also display any uploaded image by its attachment ID:

$src = wp_get_attachment_image_src( $attachment_id , 'custom-size' );
$img_url = $src[0];
echo ( ! empty( $img_url ) ) ? $img_url : '';

Hooks And Filters


This filter allows you to make your custom image sizes available for selection in the admin.

Runs before rendering the list of available image sizes in the sidebar of the media edit screen. Used in conjuction with add_image_size()

add_filter( 'image_size_names_choose', function ( array $sizes ) : array {
	$sizes['category-thumb'] = __( 'Category Thumb' );
	return $sizes;
} );

Media Editor

You can find the full documentation for this filter here.

Dynamically Defined With A Size Array

In cases where a specific image size might only be used once you can define the image size via an array of width and height values in pixels:

$thumb_url = wp_get_attachment_image_src( $attachment_id, [ 900, 450 ], true );`

NOTE: This method of defining dimensions currently does not support cropping.