How to Crop, Rotate, Scale, and Flip Images in WordPress

This tutorial first appeared on WPBeginner.

Did you know that you can do the basic image editing in the WordPress backend? What do we mean by basic?

Well simply cropping, rotating, scaling image sizes, and flipping the vertically or horizontally. When using WordPress for micro-blogging or when writing a quick post on the go, you will often find yourself limited to softwares.

One example would be when you do not have your own computer and have to rely on public computers to publish a post. Why use a third-party image editor just to resize or crop your image when WordPress can do the job for you.

In this article, we will show you how to use WordPress as a basic image editor that lets you crop, rotate, scale, and flip images.

Video Tutorial

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First thing you need to do is upload your image. You can add it while you are writing a post or by going to the Media » Add New tab.

WordPress Media Uploader

Then once your image is uploaded, you just need to click on the little button that says Edit Image.

Edit Image in WordPress

You will be taken to an screen that looks like this:

Editing Images in WordPress

Just select the area you want to crop. Or click on the rotate / flipping icon. You can click to scale. You can even crop based on ratio. Pretty handy little feature right?