5 WordPress Photo Editing Tools Available To Use On The Block Editor

Did you know that WordPress has added some basic photo editing tools to the ‘Image‘ block on the Block editor?

Some of these tools are available in the WordPress media library, but some of them aren’t. But what are they, and how do you use them?

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5 WordPress Photo Editing Tools Available To Use On The Block Editor

Let’s get started

First, open up a new draft post and, using the image block, add a photo or image from your WordPress media library. I’m using a picture of my dogs Austin and Toby. 

Now let me take you through each tool and how to use them.

1. Add Text Over Image

  • On the image toolbar, click on the ‘Add Text Over Image‘ button.
Screenshot showing the location of the 'Add Text Over Image' button on the Block editor
Add text over image button
  • ‘Type/To Choose A Block’ will appear on the image.
Screenshot showing where to add text on a photo on the image block on the Block editor on WordPress
Where to add text
  • Click on it and add your text.
Screenshot showing text being added to an image on the WordPress Block editor
Adding text to an image on the WordPress Block editor

But that text is in the wrong position. How do you change it?

  • Easy. Click on the ‘Change Content Position‘ button and choose where you want the text to appear. I decided bottom right. 
Screenshot showing the 'Change Content Position' button on the WordPress Block editor
Changing the position of the text on a photo

2. Toggle Full Height

  • On the image toolbar, click on the ‘Add Text Over Image‘ button.
Screenshot showing the location of the 'Add Text Over Image' button on the Block editor
‘Add text over image’ button
  • Click on the ‘Toggle Full Height’ button.
Screenshot showing the position of the 'Toggle Full Height' button on the WordPress Block editor
Toggle Full Height

3. Zoom In And Out On An Image

  • On the image toolbar, click on the ‘Crop‘ button.
Screenshot showing the position of the 'Crop' button on the WordPress Block editor
The ‘Crop’ button
  • The image gets divided into nine squares (see next image).
  • Click on the ‘Zoom‘ button (see the next image).
  • To zoom in and out on an image, move the slider button forwards and backwards (see the next image). 
  • Click the apply button to save any changes.
Screenshot showing the 'Zoom' photo editing functions on the WordPress Block editor
Zoom

4. Rotate The Image

  • On the image toolbar, click on the ‘Crop‘ button.
Screenshot showing the position of the 'Crop' button on the WordPress Block editor
The ‘Crop’ button
  • Click the ‘rotate‘ button to rotate the image.
Screenshot showing the position of the 'Rotate' button on the WordPress Block editor
The ‘Rotate’ button
  • Click the ‘apply‘ button to save any changes.

5. Change The Aspect Ratio

  • On the image toolbar, click on the ‘Crop‘ button.
Screenshot showing the position of the 'Crop' button on the WordPress Block editor
The ‘Crop’ button
  • Click the ‘Aspect Ratio‘ button and make your selection. There is a lot more choice than when you perform this task in the WordPress media library. I have chosen the ‘square‘ option (see the next image).
  • Click the ‘apply‘ button to save any changes.
Screenshot showing the position and functions of the 'Aspect Ratio' function on the WordPress Block editor
The ‘Aspect Ratio’ function

All these functions are very basic, but will suit many users who do not want to edit their images too much.

Do you use the WordPress photo editing tools? Do you have any questions about them? Leave me a comment, and I’ll get back to you. 

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  1. Hugh – interestingly, I went into my comments earlier tonight and my SPAM was reduced from 1.1K to under 300 and I just looked now and it was reduced to 15 and I deleted the rest. I have to guess that the Happiness Engineer who last helped me maybe did a follow-up and did the bulk delete for me. I feel badly I didn’t get back to it. I am horribly behind in Reader and promised each of the bloggers that I routinely comment on that I’d catch up with posts, but at 10-11 days behind, it looks a little hopeless now and I feel like that hamster running the wheel that you often mention. I may just start anew and try to keep current. P.S. – I still can’t create a caption under photos.

    1. That’s great to hear about the issues with spam being sorted, Linda. I had the same issue, but all that spam had been cleared for me one day. Now I’m back to just a few spam messages every day. I believe WordPress has improved its anti-spam software so that much of it gets deleted even before it hits the spam folder.
      Please don’t stress about not reading blog posts. Most bloggers don’t expect us to read and comment on everything they publish. Read and comment when you can – keep blogging fun.

      1. I was pleasantly surprised to find it gone Hugh. I hope that never happens again. I watched it grow by 100s within a day or so and hoped no one legitimate was caught in there. You are right and I think I’m going to just start current. It has became too burdensome to try and catch up and you are right … the fun of blogging has gone knowing I had those posts to catch up on.

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