With Imagevue, you can control how your thumbnails are created and displayed in your gallery. You may want all your thumbnails cropped to the same size, or you may require that all your thumbnails represent the original image aspect. You may also want to use different thumbnail size- and style for different folders in your gallery.
The Thumbnails creation tool is available from the Imagevue admin, either by clicking the Thumbnails tab in the main menu, or by clicking the Thumbs button when you are editing a specific folder.
Width and Height
The width- and height parameters are basically used to set the size of the thumbnails. The resulting thumbnails however, depend on the scale method used:
Crop-to-box vs. Resize-to-box
This option decides how your thumbnails get resized according to the width and height parameters.
This method resizes your thumbnails to fit within the width and height parameters, but cuts off excessive data either vertically or horizontally. Your thumbnails will always be the same size when using this method, even for images with different aspect. This provides a better layout flow for the thumbnails, so is the default method for creating thumbnails.
Resize to box
This method resizes your thumbnail to fit within the width and height parameters bounding box. Your thumbnails will always maintain the original aspect of your original images, and nothing will be cut off. This will usually lead to different-sized thumbnails in your folder, unless all your images are of the exact same aspect.
By using width/height parameters and methods described above, you have a lot of possibilities for creating thumbnails in different ways. Below are a few extreme examples:
100 x 200 crop-to-box›
Thumbnails created with crop-to-box method 100 x 200 px. Creates stylish thumbnails which also flow well in gallery, but landscape images are cropped a lot.
250 x 50 crop-to-box›
These thumbnails were created with crop-to-box method 250 x 50 px. Stylish, but not very practical.
200 x 100 crop-to-box›
These thumbnails were created with the crop-to-box method – 200px width and 100px height. They look nice and big in the gallery, although they are not optimal for portrait-aspect pictures.
100 x 100 resize-to-box›
These thumbnails have been created with resize-to-box method 100 x 100 px. This means that the thumbnails long side will be 100px while the shortside will scaled down proportionally to keep aspect. Keeps original aspect in tact, but does not flow too nicely in the gallery with a mix of aspects.
230 x 180 XLarge›
These thumbnails are created with crop-to-box method 230×180 px. Thumbnails are nice and big, and flow nicely in the gallery, although it allows much less thumbnails to display on screen.
40 x 40 xsmall›
These thumbnails are extra small. How many thumbnails can you stash into a single page anyway?
Rounded Frame – Thumbnails with bigger frames and rounded corners.
Example of a tighter thumbnails layout.
- Start Folder
This option sets from what folder you wish to create thumbnails. Imagevue creates thumbnails recursively in folders, so that you can for example create thumbnails for all subfolders in a folder. By default, this setting is set to the folder you are currently managing, or it will be set to the “home” folder if you clicked the Thumbnails button in the main menu.
- Width and Height
These settings basically set the dimension of your thumbnails as explained earlier in this post
- Scale Method
This option allows you to choose scale method as explained earlier in this post
- Create or Re-create
This option allows you to either create all missing thumbnails, or to RE-create all thumbnails overwriting old ones