Last updated August 30, 2016. Created on June 5, 2011.
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These are modules that allow you to adjust an image after you have uploaded it, either to create a different style of the same image (e.g. a thumbnail) or simply to crop/resize or otherwise alter your main image.

Available modules

Name Installs Latest stable release D8 D7 D6
Imagefield Crop 28,664 2013-02 No Yes Yes
Manual crop 27,682 2015-04 No Yes No
IMCE crop 14,662 2013-12 No Yes Yes
Smart Crop 8,156 2010-12 No Yes Yes
ImageField Focus 8,103 2011-11 No Yes Yes
Focal Point 7,708 2016-02 Yes Yes No
Image javascript crop 6,519 2011-09
(RC only)
No Yes Yes
EPSA Crop 6,128 2016-06 No Yes No
SimpleCrop 1,702 2015-04 No Yes No
Media Crop 920 2012-03 No Yes No
Image Focus 523 2013-01 No Yes Yes
ImageWidgetCrop 913 2016-03 Yes No No

Release dates and number of installs last updated July 2016.

Features

All modules are able to scale and crop.

Name Image field File field [2] User picture Media module 1.x Media module 2.x Fix aspect ratio Auto crop Responsive images [3]
Imagefield Crop Yes ? No No ? Yes No ?
Manual crop Yes ? [5][6] No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
IMCE crop ? ? ? No No ? ? ?
Smart Crop Yes ? Yes [1] Yes ? Yes Yes ?
ImageField Focus Yes ? ? Planned [4] ? Yes Yes ?
Focal Point Yes ? No No Yes Yes Yes ?
Image javascript crop Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No ?
EPSA Crop Yes ? No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SimpleCrop Yes ? No No No Yes No ?
Media Crop No ? ? Yes No Yes No ?
Image Focus Yes ? Yes Yes ? Yes Yes ?
ImageWidgetCrop Yes ? No N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes

Notes

Image Javascript Crop

Requires json2 and jquery crop libraries to be installed in sites/all/libraries

Manual crop

Requires Libraries module and jQuery plugins imagesLoaded and imgAreaSelect to be installed.

Focal Point

Allows you to specify the portion of an image that is most important to be used when the image is cropped to prevent cut off on automated cropping.

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Comments

dylanjorgensen’s picture

Sometimes we forget how many people need simple solutions without bells and whistles. I was playing with all of crop modules but then this one just worked. Keep it simple and thanks.

alanom’s picture

After trying out some of these, hopefully this'll save someone some time:

Manual Crop: Seems the best. It doesn't have a demo yet sadly, but it should probably be the one you try first. It sets up two types of image presets (one for fixed aspect ratios, one flexible), giving you loads of flexibility, and has its own widget. The interface is great.
ESPA Crop: This can now be set to respect aspect ratios (table out of date). Also it does now do scaling. Nice clean interface, but the widget in the demo seems buggy in Drupal 7 - doesn't seem to work immediately after upload before changing page.
Image Javascript Crop: Very similar to Manual Crop, but with a less friendly interface (sizes from a drop down instead of resizing a box), and it appears to alter the default widget rather than providing its own (so theoretically it might clash with other modules that use the default image widget). Seems robust though.
Imagefield Crop: Now on Drupal 7, but unfortunately it seems not to use image presets at all - instead you fix the dimensions into each field. Therefore it doesn't play the expected way with everything else. Great interface though.
Media Image Transform: Still ? ? ? ? ? at time of writing... but Media module seems to finally being sorted out properly... so maybe it'll be ready in time for Drupal 9...

Smart Crop: The only one of these to really do something genuinely different, Smart Crop uses an algorithm to estimate the most interesting part of the image, and centres the automatic scale & crop around that. If it can be made to play nicely with any/all of the manual crop modules, it seems like a winning combination - an intelligent default with an optional manual override. Also, they're talking about implementing face recognition, which would be awesome.

alanom’s picture

There's also one feature not in Manual Crop (yet) which is in Image Javascript Crop: the ability to re-use an existing manual crop in another image style preset. e.g. you could have a large-thumb, 120x120, and a small-thumb, 90x90, and rather than needing to crop both manually, you just crop the 120x120 once and have the small-thumb set to take that crop and scale it down.

It'd be great if some of these could merge and share the best features...

Elijah Lynn’s picture

Thanks for writing about this. I was just trying to figure out how to do this. Turns out it is the latest dev of manual crop, possibly earlier but I cannot confirm.

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MXT’s picture

and it appears to alter the default widget rather than providing its own (so theoretically it might clash with other modules that use the default image widget). Seems robust though.

Image Javascript Crop is the only one at the moment that can support the "media file selector" widget from Media module.

This can be possible precisely because Image Javascript Crop doesn't provide it's own widget (so you can select the "media file selector" widget and THEN apply the cropping on the image selected trough the media selector).

With Manual Crop you actually can't do this: if you select its "crop" widget for an image, you can't select the "media file selector" widget (only one widget at once can be selected for a image field).

But they are working on this: see http://drupal.org/node/1491604

I think the best solution is that those module's maintainers join their effort to obtain sinergic results.

bryancasler’s picture

Join the conversation about consolidating media cropping efforts.

#1491508: A call for consolidating efforts. The path to a media integrated D7 cropping module.

aendrew’s picture

It should be noted that Manual Crop works with the Field Collection module. I tried Imagefield Crop and Image Javascript Crop, and neither seemed to work with it. Not sure about the others.

Ændrew Rininsland
News Developer and polynerd
http://www.aendrew.com

JKingsnorth’s picture

After a bit of testing I'm really enjoying the 'ImageField Focus' module, which seems to meet all my needs fairly simply!

ipwa’s picture

Focal point is my favourite right now.

Nicolas
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diqidoq’s picture

IMCE_crop is missing in the comparision and I find it a lil' bit confusing that we talk about media image field in the comparision. Do we talk about file_entity file field type:image here or about the abondoned media field?

doitDave’s picture

Not sure if I am the only one facing this, however, the installation as of their README fails completely as the recommended libraries are not detected, even after manually renaming/changing the file/folder structures to match the recommendations.

I will also raise an issue, but still I want to share my experience which is far from "super cool and easy piece of cake"-ish.

diqidoq’s picture

@doitDave: Did you read the BIG YELLOW BOX popping up when you press the "reply" button? It states what the comment section here should be used for. File an issue and start thinking about how community development works. Maybe this will bring you to the conclusion that your super cool and easy piece of cake"-ish comment is kind of ... let me prevent using the word... (BTW: module works as expected here.)