Smug Tip: Build a Photo That Fits Juuust Right

Move over, Goldilocks. Instead of three sizes, SmugMug gives you nine. And when no options fit you perfectly, you can make up your own.

Every SmugMugger knows that you get lots of convenient photo sizes for every pic you upload, but sometimes you need one that doesn’t fit inside the box.

Custom photo sizes to the rescue!

Did you know that you can specify the height and width of any image? As long as your goal photo size is smaller than your Original (and permitted by your Largest Size setting in your gallery settings), it takes just a few keystrokes to get a photo that’s a perfect fit.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Go to the image you want in your gallery.

  • Right click and grab the URL (or Get a Link) and paste it somewhere you can edit it, like into a new browser window or a text editor.

  • Change the size abbreviation to the pixel dimensions you want. (Example: 375×250) There’s two spots for this: in the middle of the image and at the end.

Once you’ve got your new link, try it out! We’ll automatically tweak the dimensions to the closest fit if yours doesn’t perfectly match your photo’s ratio. So you’ll never get weird or smooshed photos using this trick.

This info is covered in our help page here, so you can always refer to it.

Tip: If you blog through WordPress, you don’t have to build your own custom size. Just drop in a big image link and they’ll automagically resize it to fit. Dgrin, too.

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7 thoughts on “Smug Tip: Build a Photo That Fits Juuust Right”

  1. This is very useful, but my only problem with it is that the size is listed twice in the URL! A pain in the butt if you’re manually changing the size.

    URL rewriting has been around forever, why duplicate those values?

  2. If you use the API it’s easy to dynamically write the url to a custom size. You should also be able to pass a compression param so you can optimize the sizes. A custom size I did at 400×200 comes in way bigger than it needs to be for web display.

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