Fed up with the lack of automated tools to properly crop and scale post thumbnails? Maybe this plugin can help.
I install this plugin on all the sites I work on. It may not be "perfect," but it's the best thing I've found to specify croppings for featured images. And the developer is very responsive, continuing to tweak it to accommodate other plugins' bugginess (e.g., Yoast SEO).
Could stand to be made a little prettier but it seems to do the job.
I don't find the user interface very intuitive... but still very useful
The interface is not the cleanest, but the plug in works. Working with news/magazine sites I have photos coming in all different aspect ratios. This appears to help save my sites from the occasional ugly robotic auto-crop
On a site I've been building I'm using a theme that makes use of Featured Images for a couple of purposes, cropping the images are very different sizes and ratios. The images that look good on the front page slider, with the primary details to the left weren't looking good as center cropped small round icons elsewhere. I went looking for some way to alter those cropped theme images without needing to do it myself and upload them over the existing images.
This wasn't the first plug-in that I tried, but it was the first one that worked. I was able to individually alter the theme cropped images, making my front page look the way it should.
The only reason I'm not giving this plug-in 5 stars is that the interface is just slightly clunky: I wanted a selected pixel length & width read-out when cropping so I could better estimate my crops to the final size they will be.
The interface could be a bit better, but it does work like a charm!
This plugin hits the spot.. does what it says on the can.
I'm a bit concerned that it is different enough to the standard UI that I think clients may get confused.
This is working (and maintained) where Scissors / Scissors Continued is not.
A tip: set Box-crop to true on your custom sizes to lock aspect ratio when cropping, otherwise the sizes come out higgeldy-piggeldy (technical term).
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