WordPress’s core has been supporting image editing for a while now, but it has one major limitation – you have to edit images one by one. There is no bulk action for mass editing, and I’m not surprised – many questions arise when you think about, well, how to replicate, let’s say, the crop action on a batch of images, when all of them have different dimensions and aspect ratios.
Should all images have the exact same dimensions after being cropped, or should the cropping be applied proportionally? Will each photo look good after that? This is definitely not a trivial task.
We needed a bulk photo editing tool for one of our projects. It is a cooking recipe platform, where publishers upload a lot of photos per recipe post, all taken in a single session, often with bad phone cameras, resulting in blurry photos, wrong exposition (too light or too dark), etc..
Most of the recipe posts require the retouching of almost all photos, and almost all the photos require the same editing actions. All this was shouting two words: “bulk editing”.
Instinctively, I googled “WordPress batch photo editing” first to see what’s on the market. The third result was a plugin called Image Editor by Pixo. In the description I saw “batch editing”, so I decided to give it a try.
Pixo is Software-as-a-Service
After installation, it required me to register with email and password. A plugin for photo editing requires registration, why? When I dug down, I found out that Pixo Editor is actually a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and that the WordPress plugin is just a wrapper of this SaaS.
This is actually very good, since adding Pixo to WordPress results in zero overhead. Definitely a strong pro.
After registration, I navigated to Media for the test drive. The plugin indeed replaces the default editor with the Pixo Editor – you open a media file, click Edit Image, and the Pixo Editor opens.
At first glance, it supports everything that the default image editor does – crops, rotates, flips. But there are also many more features – filters, stickers, text tools, photo frames, color corrections. Looked promising.
It also supports more than 20 filters, some of them being quite similar to Instagram’s. Most of them were not very useful for photos of meals, but then I saw the “Sharpen” filter and decided to test it on a blurry image.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get the best result, but
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