WORDPRESS.COM now allows you to choose from three sizes, when you upload an image – thumbnail, medium size and full-size.
While it is very convenient, there is a complaint. The images that are supposed to be full-size are NOT so! They can be termed “Large size”, but not full size, as the image dimensions are somewhat reduced if the image you upload is bigger than what is allowed in a theme.
Here we will learn how to have full-size images in a wordpress.com blog using the Flash uploader. We will first experiment with an image of maximum size (505x) allowed in this theme (Freshy). And we will learn to do that in two processes.
1. First upload an image from your computer. To do that press the Image icon on the right side of Add Media.
In a while you will see a “Crunching” message. Your image is on the way to its new home.
2. When the image is uploaded the image name will appear along with the caption, title and Description field. You also have a text area where you see the newly generated image url. See the image below.
3. Simply copy the url and click outside the Uploader. The Uploader will vanish.
4. Now go to the code mode and, click the img tab and paste the copied image url.
Or using the Visual Editor, click the Tree Icon, paste the image url and click “Insert”.
And the image will appear in your post.
1. Perform the steps 1 – 3 as explained in process#1.
2. Make the necessary changes in the available fields, choose Full size and press “Insert Into Post”.
And the image will appear in your post. Now whether the image is indeed Full Size or not depends on whether your image fulfils the image size requirements of your theme
I can’t vouch for all themes, but for this theme (Freshy) in both procedures I uploaded a 505x wide image and as you can see, the images were not reduced. They appear to be the same size.
Uploaded in process #1
For Advanced Bloggers
Go for Process#2. It will automatically insert image attributes like the alt tag and image dimensions.
My images are not Full-size and I chose Full-size!
Try process #1, instead of process#2. But please make sure that the size of the image you want to upload fits your theme requirement. Otherwise, either the page lay-out will be broken or the right-side of your image will be cut off (depending on which browser you are using.) if you upload the image in process #1. And if you choose process #2 to upload your image that is too big for your theme, wordpress will automatically resize it to fit the theme (but the resized version may not fulfil your size requirements).
I have read of several instances where WordPress failed to insert full-size images into posts EVEN when the user chose “full-size” as described in process#2 and EVEN when the image was presized to fit the theme. If you have similar problems, process #1 won’t betray you.
If you (accidentally) upload oversized images, then after uplaoding click the image. Some handles (square boxes) will appear around the image. drag a corner handle to resize it as appropriate. This option works well in Firefox, I can’t vouch for other browsers.