This is the second part of a series on using the WordPress Image Editor and Media Library. In this series we discuss all aspects of inserting images into posts or pages as well as editing all aspects of those images. In this part we discuss the two image editors you will find in WordPress; the inline image editor and the Media Library image editor.
There are 2 kinds of image editors in WordPress. There is the kind that you see right here where you’re on your page… let’s just go back to full screen for a second… where you’re on your page and if you select your image, there is a little button that comes up here and it shows your edit image. This is your Inline Editor and the Inline Editor doesn’t actually edits the image. It edits the content of the link tag but does not actually edit the image.
So when you specify a size, for example, this has a size slider so you could specify a size. When you specify a size, it doesn’t actually change the size of the image. It just tells the link tag that the image is smaller and same thing is true with these other elements. These are all related to settings that can be added to the link tag but do not actually change the image.
However, if you go to the Media Library…we’ll go ahead and close this, save that. If you go the Media Library and you select Edit, there is an image editor that actually edits the image. And this image editor does have a couple of places where you can change the text related to it and these text changes do affect the link tag but actually crop, flip, rotate, scale… all of these things… actually physically change the image itself and not just the link tag.
So those are the 2 editors that you have available to you and so next time, I’ll show you how to use this image editor and then we’ll show you how to use the link editor or the Inline Editor and see how they can be used together and we’ll just take it from there.