I am having a catalog with different sized images. Some will be 200x300 some will be 300x150. But All i want to do is to resize all the image to one size which makes me to show in my home page listing.

I am trying the normal magento resize to crop tp 160x210 as follows,

   <img src="<?php echo $this->helper('catalog/image')->init($_product, 'small_image')->constrainOnly(false)->keepAspectRatio(true)->keepFrame(false)->resize(160, 210); ?>" alt="<?php echo $this->htmlEscape($this->getImageLabel($_product, 'small_image')) ?>" />

But its cropping images in different size, The images are in random height and widths 160x135, 160x156, 159x210, 150x210

Detailed answers are highly appreciated.

  • did you get a proper answer?
    – younes0
    Commented Oct 17, 2019 at 10:01

2 Answers 2


Either set keepFrame to true, so it's always exact 160x210, or set keepAspectRatio to false.

Now it is making sure both width and height won't exceed the values you feed it. But since you don't want a frame, and want to keep your aspect ratio, it has to change both width and height in the same ratio.

echo $this->helper('catalog/image')->init($_product, 'small_image')
    ->resize(160, 210);

Edit: For cropping you need to use Varien_Image. Unfortunately the Mage_Catalog_Helper_Image doesn't offer a method to return the Varien_Image class. So you need to make a custom module to make it possible to crop.

See https://stackoverflow.com/questions/9492770/magento-crop-image for an example.

Basically it says you need to make your own helper and extend Mage_Catalog_Helper_Image, so you can use $this->_getModel()->getImageProcessor()->crop()

  • Yeah. If I follow that method, The images are stretching. Do we have anyother methods not to make images stretch?? I dont want frames at all..
    – Sundar
    Commented Mar 31, 2015 at 14:13
  • I don't understand, there are 3 methods now, build a frame around the image to make it exactly your requested size, stretch the image to your requested size or just stick to the max height / width and change the other value with the same ratio. I don't see which other method you want? Commented Mar 31, 2015 at 14:15
  • There is a one more method... The method etsy.com is following, they are cropping the image from the center and resize it to the exact size. Do magento have any functions like that. ?
    – Sundar
    Commented Mar 31, 2015 at 14:18
  • Ah you mean like that, didn't think of that. Well, it is possible but a bit more complicated. See stackoverflow.com/questions/9492770/magento-crop-image for an example. Commented Mar 31, 2015 at 14:30
  • Do you think this one is working??? Did you try that before?
    – Sundar
    Commented Mar 31, 2015 at 14:32

For resizing image, use the below code : // image size will be 200x200

<img src="<?php echo $this->helper('catalog/image')->init($_product, 'small_image')->keepFrame(false)->resize(200); ?>" />

// image size 200x220;

<img src="<?php echo $this->helper('catalog/image')->init($_product, 'small_image')->keepFrame(false)->resize(200, 220); ?>" />

// sometimes the image size alters after using resize() function and it shows a white space at both the sides on left and right, so you can also adjust the width and height using this code:

<img src="<?php echo $this->helper('catalog/image')->init($_product, 'small_image')->keepFrame(false)->resize(); ?>"  width="200" height="220"/>

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