I am using Magento 1.9 and the RWD theme. My product images are rectangle, being taller than they are wide, however Magento shows them as square. How do I change this?

My largest image size is 1000x600 (Height x Width)

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Looking at Mage_Catalog_Helper_Image->resize

 * Schedule resize of the image
 * $width *or* $height can be null - in this case, lacking dimension will be calculated.
 * @see Mage_Catalog_Model_Product_Image
 * @param int $width
 * @param int $height
 * @return Mage_Catalog_Helper_Image
public function resize($width, $height = null)
    $this->_scheduleResize = true;
    return $this;

So resize by ->keepFrame(true)->resize(null, 300)

  • It took me a while to figure this out, but I had to edit list.phtml, find the code for //Grid Mode, and change ->resize($_imgSize) to ->resize(200, $_imgSize) to get correct proportions for my images. Putting 'null' instead of 200 resulted in no change to images.
    – k1rah
    Mar 11, 2015 at 5:03
  • Ah, you should also set ->keepFrame(true) before calling resize. Than the width is automatically calculated
    – Jeroen
    Mar 11, 2015 at 7:17
  • 1
    Thanks! I actually had to use ->keepFrame(false), but it works perfect. The images now match how they look on list mode.
    – k1rah
    Mar 13, 2015 at 22:47

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