Add custom thumbnail sizes to your WordPress theme

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To add custom thumbnail sizes to your theme, add this to your theme’s functions.php:

/*  Image thumbnail sizes
/* ------------------------------------ */
function alx_setup()
	add_image_size( 'thumb-small', 200, 200, true ); // Hard crop to exact dimensions (crops sides or top and bottom)
	add_image_size( 'thumb-medium', 520, 9999 ); // Crop to 520px width, unlimited height
	add_image_size( 'thumb-large', 720, 340 ); // Soft proprtional crop to max 720px width, max 340px height
add_action( 'after_setup_theme', 'alx_setup' );

To display a featured image with your new size (in this case “thumb-small”) in a post, just add:

<?php if ( has_post_thumbnail() ) { the_post_thumbnail( 'thumb-small' ); } ?>

If your theme does not support featured images, you need to add this to your functions.php as well, inside of your setup function.

// Enable featured image
add_theme_support( 'post-thumbnails' );

If you add new thumbnail sizes to a site which already has media uploaded, you’ll need to regenerate thumbnails once for the new sizes to show up.

Function reference: add_image_size