How To Edit An Image In The WordPress Media Library

If you read my recent blog post How To Access And Use The WordPress Free Photo Library, you’ll know that adding images to blog posts plays an important part in driving more traffic to your blog.

Blog posts containing images are 70% more likely to get read than blog posts than contain no images.  

WordPress now offers its users lots of free photo editing tools.

Today, I’m going to share some of the basic photo editing tools you can use in the media library of your blog.

How to edit an image in your WordPress media library

Let’s get started. 

  • Choose a photo from your media library and click on the edit button.
Choose a photo and click ‘edit’
  • On the next page, click on Edit Image.
Click on ‘Edit Image’
  • Underneath the photo, you’ll see three editing options – RotateCrop and Flip.
Options available


  • Rotate the image in an anticlockwise direction by clicking on the rotate button.
  • Click the Done button (in the bottom right corner) to save any changes. 
Save changes by clicking on the Done button
  • Clicking the ‘rotate’ button four times will return the photo to its original position.


  • The crop button offers five options – OriginalSquare16:94:33:2. These are all ways at which you can resize a photo.
Click on the Crop button to reveal cropping options
  • In the image below, you’ll see what part of the photo is highlighted when I chose the ‘Square‘ option. 
The Square option

Perfect for the Square Photography challenge hosted by Becky at The Life of B. 

  • By clicking and holding down your mouse button inside the highlighted area, you’ll be able to move the highlighted area around. 
  • Click the Done button to save any changes. 
  • Click the Reset button to return the photo to its original size. You can also do this by clicking on the Crop button and select Original.

Give the different cropping options a try to see what they do to the photo you’re trying them out on.  


  • This button flips your photo to its reverse/mirror image.
  • Click the Done button to save any changes. 

Chris, The Story Reading Ape’s Blog, also has details of some more photo editing tools available through the WordPress media library. Click here for details.

There are lots of other photo editing options available in the various photo/image blocks of the Gutenberg block editor. We’ll look at them in future posts.


  • WordPress offers some basic photo editing tools in it’s media library.
  • The photo editing tools in the media library are easy to use.
  • The photo editing tools shown in this post are freely available to all WordPress users.
  • Cropping your images will resize them.
  • The ‘cropping’ option offers five different options.
  • Remember to save changes by clicking on the ‘Done’ button.
  • All photos can be restored to their original sizes.

Do you have any questions regarding these basic photo editing tools?

  • Please leave your questions in the comments section and I will get back to you.

My thanks to Toby and Austin for modelling for this tutorial.

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