CE Image


Causing Effect - Aaron Waldon

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  • ExpressionEngine 1.x
  • ExpressionEngine 2
  • ExpressionEngine 3


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Editor's Pick
Each month the devot:ee staff picks an add-on that's especially well thought out, well built, and useful. They're add-ons that we love and think you will too!

CE Image was chosen in January 2013.

CE Image is an ExpressionEngine plugin that makes powerful image manipulation easy. You can control how images are cropped, resize images to be constrained by one or both dimensions, apply watermarks at different sizes, round corners, rotate, use stackable dynamic image filters (yeah, like Photoshop filters without Photoshop), manipulate multiple images at one time in HTML content, and more...

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CE Image is a new and fresh way to handle image manipulation for ExpressionEngine.  This plugin allows you to:

  • Resize images by width and/or height
  • Crop images by width and/or height, and optionally specify alignment and offset
  • Apply multiple image filters to achieve exciting effects dynamically (currently 14 different filter types)
  • Apply watermarks (very customizable)
  • Create rounded corners (very customizable)
  • Rotate and flip images
  • Save images to different image formats
  • Compress jpg images (via the quality= parameter) for smaller file size (faster loading)
  • Automatically download, manipulate, and cache images from different sites/domains
  • Manipulate images by their URL, server path, or relative path to web root
  • Preserve alpha in png and gif images (as much as possible, depending on your server configuration)
  • Optionally specify the cache directories on a per entry basis (right from the plugin tag)
  • Hide the image’s relative path and/or hash the filename if you don’t want to reveal where the original image is located
  • Cache all manipulated images to increase performance
  • Automatically re-cache images if their source or watermark images are modified
  • Save your manipulated images to Amazon S3
  • Add image reflections
  • Manipulate multiple images at one time in your WYSIWYG fields or HTML content.
  • And so much more…

The following image formats are supported: jpeg/jpg, gif, and png.

Please review the License Agreement and System Requirements.

Usage Examples

Single Tag Syntax - easiest:

{exp:ce_img:single src="{your_custom_field}" width="250" 

Tag Pair Syntax - more customizable:

{exp:ce_img:pair src="/images/example.png" height="30"}
<img src="{made}" alt="" width="{width}" height="{height}" />

Bulk Tag Syntax - process all images in HTML at once:

{exp:ce_img:bulk width="400" filter="sepia"}


The best way to learn how to use this plugin is to see the official documentation, as it has sample code and a ton of examples: http://www.causingeffect.com/software/ee/ce_img

CE Image Links

This entry was created November 12, 2010, 11:38 am.
This entry was last updated June 19, 2017, 3:46 pm.

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49 Reviews:

seeingis 11.30.13

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This works great! Great for clients, you set up the sizes and they just upload. It auto size with out them breaking the design. Works with responsive.

JP Erasmus 07.30.13

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By far the best $22 spent.

Krondek 07.02.13

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I sent them a question and they sent me an answer within 15 min! Not only is this an unbeatable add-on, but the support is as good as it gets! Thanks Aaron!

pixelcamp 06.15.13

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It is the superb service offered by Addon authors such as Aaron which keeps me loving EE, Thank you!

Derek Hogue 03.11.13

Derek Hogue
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For fear of inflating Aaron’s head with yet another laudatory review, I will refrain from saying anything good about this indispensable, rock-solid add-on that I begrudgingly buy for every site I build.

Tony Geer 01.13.13

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Was using Img Sizer but needed Amazon S3 and CloudFront support. This took over the job seamlessly and was up and running in minutes. Beyond pleased at how easy it made it all and provided far more value than $15.

Liam 01.11.13

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There isn’t a better add-on for “on the move” image sizing. Brilliant.

Pigment 12.30.12

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84 stars for this one.

Media Surgery 06.28.12

Media Surgery
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The image sizing of choice for a good while. Just excellent!

Alex Roper 04.13.12

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Opens up a world of possibilities. It’s like it knows what I want to do before I do!

uuitservices 04.04.12

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Does everything advertised and does it well.  I had an issue with my website.  Even though what I was doing was not really something that is done in a lot of the developers install base he went the extra mile to assist me.  We eventually got a solution that works great.  True professional!

MelPax 03.10.12

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FANTASTIC!! Three failed AddOns later and WOW! So easy and I spent over a week messing with every AddOn in the catalogue with ZERO success. Jae Barclay recommended you guys and man am I SOOOO happy! Just for the record ... this works great when serving images from a subdomain!

John Bacon 02.13.12

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Aaron is constantly updating CE Image and his entire line of products (of which I have more than a few). To see the way he responds to the community and is passionate about his add-ons is refreshing and inspiring.

LMA Communications 02.10.12

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If I could I would give it 6 out of 5 stars

Superbia 02.01.12

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Awesome plugin with excellent support. A default install on every EE site I build.

Joelle 01.28.12

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I love this add-on! So many options and the support is awesome. It’s a mainstay in my add-on arsenal.

kscotbarr 01.18.12

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On my list of must-have add-ons for every site. Way more functionality built-in that I’ll probably ever use. Does everything well, and the developers are responsive and provide great support.

Design by Front 10.17.11

Design by Front
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A valuable asset for any EE install, CE Image gives you the control to do pretty much anything you will ever need to with images in Expression Engine - and then some!

Percipio 08.30.11

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Best. Image. Sizer. Ever

Philip 07.13.11

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This plugin is the bomb.

JCDerrick 07.06.11

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CE Image is one of the most essential plugins on every EE installation we setup. This plugin by far exceeds the other image re-sizing plugins features and has made the utilization of images (including watermarking) a breeze on our sites. My only regret is that I didn’t start using it sooner.

Natetronn 06.19.11

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One of my favorites for sure and worth every penny. Aaron knocked it out of the park with this one.

Jeff Pullinger 06.13.11

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I love it and clients love it.

VosSavant 05.27.11

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A great plugin with great support. I really love the fallback image option. If you have trouble getting images to load, you might need to use this plugin in conjunction with the Parse File Paths plugin, with parse=“inward”.

Honcho 05.27.11

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So good it’s almost wrong.

Portnull 05.23.11

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without a doubt the best plugin for image manipulation. there is nothing you can’t do, in fact you can do things to your pictures you’d never thought about by yourself. awesome!

Jon @ Hanno 05.11.11

Jon @ Hanno
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Aaron’s support has been absolutely brilliant, and the plugin itself is an absolute lifesaver.  It’s completely worth the $15 for the hours it’ll save you and your clients!

Todd Moffett 05.11.11

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By far the best image manipluation plugin I’ve used. Fantastic customer support!

angie 04.30.11

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Buh-bye ImageSizer & ED Image Resizer!! CE Image is worth every penny and I haven’t even used 95% of the features!

The Outfit, Inc 04.12.11

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Used CE Image for the first time on our most recent project. It has already been added to our list of core addons which we will install for all future projects. Incredible value for such a robust and easy to integrate tool. Awesome work here.

Sneed's Feed & Seed 04.11.11

Sneed's Feed & Seed
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A great value. More features than you can shake a stick at, and excellent support.

Milan Topalov 04.08.11

Milan Topalov
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I think this is my default image resizing plug-in from now on! A+

Joff 04.05.11

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Aaron’s support for this excellent module has been second to none, solving some setup problems I’d introduced with an install of MSM.

The module works extremely well, once it’s installed you can forget it’s there!

Hogan Lee 03.30.11

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Best $8 bucks I ever spent.

gaweb 03.17.11

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Just read what everyone said, this is a must have, does everything. The options are endless!

rougeExciter 03.13.11

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Simple, effective, does EXACTLY what it says and does it very well.

Paul Frost 03.12.11

Paul Frost
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The key benefit of CE image is the support, which is fast and helpful. The other resizers might be free, but have no support, it’s easily worth the $8.

Plus you get loads of extra options.

firstbasedesign 02.25.11

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Great plugin, and very much worth the tiny price! Plus Aaron went above and beyond the call of duty when I was having trouble with some crazy local path configurations.

Great plugin, great guy!

Ryan Masuga 02.09.11

Ryan Masuga
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Tons of features, good support, and very detailed documentation. It just works, and replaces Imgsizer as my standard image manipulation plugin for EE.

Todd D. 02.08.11

Todd D.
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It’s eight bucks and awesome!

lincolnpixel 02.05.11

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Wow, amazed by the excellent support from Aaron, fantastic plugin.Highly recommended.

applesoda 01.20.11

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I was struggling to get any any image size add-on to work well alongside MXJumper, and FFMatrix for when no image was inserted into a post. The others are still great addons, but this one is simply amazing. I no longer have any php errors, but also have gained tons of features for little cash! :)

Erwin Heiser 01.05.11

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My new default image sizing plugin. Nuff said.

Phil Meissner 12.29.10

Phil Meissner
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The most robust image processor for EE. Well worth the $8.

Versa Studio 12.29.10

Versa Studio
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Saved my ass.  I didn’t get to choose the server on a particular project, and for some obscure reason the other ImgSizer plugin didn’t work, but CE Image worked great.  Worth more than eight bucks!

noregt 12.20.10

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At last a stable and very well supported image manipulation plug-in. Very easy to setup and nice to have it for EE1 as well EE2!

sm9 12.14.10

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Take all the other image plugins for EE, combine them together, then add lots of extra features and improvements, and you have CE Image.

This is a must-have plugin if you do any sort of image manipulation, need to add watermarks, etc.

Excellent support too and under active development.

AndrewMac 12.06.10

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Fantastic plug-in. Does everything Image Sizer and ED Image Resizer do, and more. The developer is super-responsive and it’s great to have someone committed to an image processing plug-in that meets the full range of my needs (and more). I’ve tossed out all the rest, and now I’ve got the best!

Fabio Marchi 11.19.10

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I buyed this plugin and really, this the best image image processment plugin ever!

Imagine to build a gallery with channels and upload your pictures with image effecs and the best part – watermarking? The developer add tons of features in each new build and the best: listen your users! 2 thumbs up!