Pop quiz! Did you know?
1) WordPress creates thumbnails automatically?
WordPress uses the larger / full-size image you upload to create smaller thumbnail images (see your WordPress Settings > Media page for the complete list of sizes).
For example, a photo gallery page will show small thumbnails of the larger / full-size images you uploaded. Themes will often include the featured image you selected in a predefined image size and location in the webpage.
2) All images must be sharpened after resizing?
This is such a standard process that Photoshop, for example, automatically applies a default amount of sharpening when resizing any image — you must specifically uncheck an option in Photoshop to avoid sharpenning an image during the resize process!
3) WordPress does not sharpen resized images?
A new add-on for WPSSO Core
called WPSSO Tune WP Image Editors
is the fastest and easiest way to improve your social and SEO images
— simply activate and regenerate your thumbnail images (aka resized images)
, and you’re done! :-)
How does it work?
Have you noticed that after carefully adjusting an image in Photoshop, you upload it to your site and WordPress creates small images that seems a bit “fuzzy
” — nothing like the nice sharp original? The reason is that after resizing any image, that image must be sharpened – always
, but WordPress doesn’t do any sharpening, so the resized image remains a bit “fuzzy
” — probably not what you want for a featured image or share on social sites! ;-) The WPSSO Tune WP Image Editors
add-on takes care of this — it automatically applies a reasonable amount of sharpening to all JPEG images resized using the default WordPress ImageMagick editor.