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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.

Name Installs
Since D8 D7 D6 Image fields User pictures Media module 7.x-1 Media module 7.x-2 (Currently dev) Cropping Scaling Fix aspect ratio Auto crop
Imagefield Crop 24,452 Feb 13 No Yes Yes Yes No No ? Yes Yes Yes No
Image javascript crop 5,746 Sep 12 No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Smart Crop 6,256 Dec 10 No Yes Yes Yes Yes [1] Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Image Focus 451 Jan 13 No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes
EPSA Crop 3,481 Dec 11 Yes [5] Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ImageField Focus 5,889 Nov 11 No Yes Yes Yes ? Planned [3] ? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Manual crop 4,424 Jun 13 No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Media Crop 846 Mar 12 No Yes No No ? Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Media Image Transform sandbox Mar 11 No Planned No ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? No
Focal Point 2,292 Feb 14 Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SimpleCrop 452 June 14 No Yes No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No
IMCE crop 12,224 May 08 No Yes Yes ? ? No No Yes Yes ? ?

[1] - with imagecache_profiles module
[3] - patch available at
[4] - as of 11/2014
[5] - as of 11/2014, 8.x version has not been updated since 2013


Image Javascript Crop

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


Manual crop

New, but positive comments: "Your module is amazingly simple and powerful, I’ve just finished trying everything that deals with this purpose for Drupal 7, and yours is the best by far. Can’t say thank you enough." (Here).

Focal Point

Focal Point allows you to specify the portion of an image that is most important. This information can be used when the image is cropped or cropped and scaled so that you don't, for example, end up with an image that cuts off the subject's head.

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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.

The Future is Open!

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

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

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.


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?