The image block can be added to a page by clicking on the Add Block button.
Alternatively, you can type
/image and press enter.
Detailed instructions on adding blocks can be found here.
Each block has its own block-specific controls that allow you to manipulate the block right in the editor.
- Change block type
- Add text over image
- Add duotone filter
- More Options
The media options panel will load with three options, Upload, Media Library, and Insert from URL.
Upload and Media Library will let you add or choose media from your library and embed it in your page.
Simply add the image from the Upload Files tab, then select it in the Media Library tab. Customizing the image attachment details, such as the Title, Caption, Alt Text, and Description, in the Media Library window can also be helpful for SEO and future navigation of your media library.
Once the image is added to the editor, you can resize and align the images to better fit the surrounding content.
To resize an image,
- Click on the image to reveal the draggable resize handles.
- Click on the resize handles and drag the image to your desired size.
Alternatively, on the right-hand side in the Block Settings, the image size can be fine-tuned by adjusting width and height dimensions. There are also some convenient options in the block settings for setting the image to 100, 75, 50, and 25% of its original size.
If you wish to align an image within a paragraph you will first need to insert the image just above the target paragraph block.
From there, click on the image and select left or right alignment, this will merge the image into the paragraph block.
Finally, resize the image to your desired width and height.
As support for the new editor is added to our themes, you will begin seeing icons for Wide and Full Width images. These two image sizes will allow you to expand the image beyond the theme’s usual content width.
If you wish to add a caption to a singular instance of an image, simply type it in the caption space below the image in the editor.
The link settings allow you to hyperlink your images. You may choose for clicking on the image to open an attachment page, the original media file, or a custom URL of your choice.
A new feature allows you to make quick crops without leaving the editor. Just hit the Crop button in the toolbar.
An expanded toolbar will appear. This will allow you to zoom an image.
There are also options to set the aspect ratio, such as to crop the image into a square.
You can also rotate the image if it comes in sideways.
After you make any changes, click Apply.
A new feature allows you to convert image block to cover block so that you can add overlay text on the image.
Upon clicking the Add text over image button the block transforms immediately to a cover block with its placeholder paragraph.
A new feature allows you to add filters to your image that entirely replace the colors of your image:
You can think of the duotone effect as a black and white filter, but instead of the shadows being black and the highlights being white, you pick your own colors for the shadows and highlights. The duotone effect works best on high-contrast images, so it’s recommended that you use an image with a lot of large dark and light areas. You can also choose colors from your theme’s palette, or a custom color of your choice. Below is a video demo of this feature:
You can read more about the duotone feature in this WordPress News post.
Sometimes you use a tool like Google Docs to write or collaborate on posts. When you’re ready to put the content on your site, you may copy and paste them into the editor.
One problem is that those images are likely hosted somewhere else like Google and could easily become broken if a change is made.
So, If you copy and paste an image from a resource like Google Docs, a button will appear on the toolbar to upload it to the media library. Click that, and it will stay in the post, but also upload to your media library.
This option, represented by three dots, will allow you to make several additional options to the image block.
Hide More Settings
The Hide More Settings option hides (or shows) the Block Setting panel in the editor’s sidebar.
Copy can be used to copy a selected block and then you can paste it wherever you want in the editor.
Duplicate can be used to duplicate selected block.
Insert a new block before the selected block(s).
Insert a new block after the selected block(s).
If you select Move To, you will get a blue line inside your content, you can then use the arrows to move that line up and down to where you want the selected content to be moved into, hitting return on your keyboard at that point moves the block to that position.
Edit as HTML
The Edit as HTML option allows you to modify the HTML code of the embed block.
Add to Reusable blocks
Using the Add to Reusable blocks option lets you add the selected block to a list of reusable blocks, so you can use them on other posts or pages as well.
Select the Group option if you want to create a group of blocks and treat them as a unit. You can for instance add a common background color or other blocks to the group.
With the Remove Block option, you can delete the selected block from your content.
Every block has specific options in the editor sidebar in addition to the options found in the block toolbar. If you do not see the sidebar, click the ‘cog’ icon next to the Publish button.
Depending on your theme, you may have several styles for your image. In Twenty Twenty-One, you can choose to make the image rounded, with borders or a frame.
The image settings offer a text field to add an Alternative Text description, which is important for accessibility and SEO.
You can also change the width and height dimensions of an image in 25% increments, or with exact pixel dimensions.
The Title attribute field is designed to describe the role of the image on your page. Many devices and browsers don’t display this text.
HTML anchor allows you to do “page jumping” to that specific image. Page jumping, also sometimes referred to as anchor links, is where you click a link and instantly get moved somewhere further up or down a long page.
To enable this, you put an HTML Anchor in your photo, and create a link that jumps to the anchor.
The advanced tab also lets you add a CSS class to your block, allowing you to write custom CSS and style the block as you see fit.
- Updated 2022-03-15
- Added notes about converting cover block from toolbar.
- Updated 2022-01-25
- Updated a few screenshots to align with expanded toolbar.
- Added notes about using duotone.
- Updated 2021-01-04
- Updated all screenshots to WordPress 5.6
- Added section on image title attribute (Gutenberg 6.9/WP 5.4)
- Added section about easy upload for external images (Gutenberg 8.5/WP 5.5)
- Added section about block editor image editing (Gutenberg 8.4/WP 5.5)
- Added details on HTML Anchor and Image Styles to Advanced
- Removed pencil (edit) icon and added more option menu
- Removed some out-of-date content
- Re-ordered to match the current block toolbar layout
- Updated 2020-06-18
- Added ‘Link back to blocks’ to the top of the page
- Added the ‘Changelog’
- Created 2019-03-07