Image Shadow

Caveat

Unfortunately, due to ill-health, this plugin has not been developed or supported properly for some years. It works with the latest versions of WordPress (including on this website) but could possibly conflict with any WordPress features added after 2008 — e.g. custom post types — if you use them.

Purpose

Adds realistic, soft drop-shadows to images in your posts.

This is version 1.1.0 . It has been tested on WordPress 2.5-2.6.2.

Image Shadow scans your posts for <img alt="" /> tags and replaces the image link with one hosted on your website which has been transformed to add a shadow and, optionally, a frame. You can choose to keep the image itself at its original size (so the new image, with shadow etc., is larger) or to shrink the image a little to accommodate the new shadowed image in the original image’s space. Only jpg images are handled.

Installation Instructions

  1. If upgrading from a previous version, first deactivate the plugin via the Plugins page and delete the plugin folder from your server.
  2. Upload both the plugin folder (image-shadow) to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  3. Go to your admin Plugins page and activate Image Shadow.
  4. Use the admin Settings|Image Shadow page to set all the available options.

Usage and Options

The plugin needs to be able to write the cached image files to a folder on your server and will appear to do nothing if it can’t. If you run a caching program you will need to clear the cache to see the modified images.

The plugin’s settings screen uses javascript to enhance the interface, including giving a live preview of the effect of each setting, but if javascript is disabled the settings should still work. Right now the javascript interface works best in a modern browser and has problems in Internet Explorer. Transparent shadows will only work in Internet Explorer if a workaround is in place for png files with alpha transparency.