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Review of WordPress Face Detection Cropping Plugin: My Eyes Are Up Here

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What a great name for a plugin: “My Eyes Are Up Here

It helps get around the problem of WordPress cropped thumbnails that always take the center of an image – but sometimes you have a a face or other point of interest that is not in the center.  From an aesthetic point of view, if you’re using the rule-of-thirds when you frame your shot, the subject is always off-center — but ultimately  depends what the image is.

 

face not centered testSo here’s a test image with a face that is not centered:

 

 

 

 

 

 

and here’s before and after shots of how the media editor looks….

… I clicked  the “detect faces” button and it said “No faces were found” – so that’s too bad but… I added a “hotspot” manually and clicked the “finish adding hotspots” button

Before pressing "add hotspots"

Before pressing “add hotspots”

after pressing "add hotspots"

after pressing “add hotspots”

this view from the post editor is pretty cluttered since the theme I’m testing in has lots of extra sizes. It’s a bit confusing but once you know what to look for it is a nice time saver.

Note this all appears in both the ‘media’ part of the WP admin area as well as when adding an image directly to a post like this:

View from within the post editor

View from within the post editor

 

 

Here’s a comment from the wptavern review: “If your theme makes heavy use of featured images with human subjects, this plugin will help you to get the desired crop around faces and avoid the dreaded crotch shot”

Thanks to the folks at interconnectit for providing this free plugin.

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  1. Posted October 7, 2014 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    Very nice work.

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