Preparing an image for publication

Use the following steps to prepare an image for publication:

  1. Edit the image for brightness, contrast, and other characteristics.
  2. Set a focus point.
  3. Crop the image.
  4. Add annotations.

All of these steps are done in the image editor.


Image editor

The following sections describe each step in detail.


Brightspot always retains a copy of the image you originally added. If you crop, modify, or annotate an image as explained in this section, you can always retrieve the original image.

Editing an image

To edit an image:

  1. Open the image in the content edit page.

  2. Above the image, click brush.


    Brightspot opens the image in the image editor.

  3. Click Edit, and edit the image using the controls described in the following table.

  4. Click Done to close the image editor.

  5. Complete your site’s workflow and publish the image.

Control Description Example
rotate_90_degrees_ccw Rotates image counter-clockwise. ../../../_images/editing-counter-clockwise.jpg
rotate_90_degrees_ccw Rotates image clockwise. ../../../_images/editing-clockwise.jpg
flip Flips image horizontally. ../../../_images/editing-horizontal.jpg
flip Flips image vertically. ../../../_images/editing-vertical.jpg
Brightness Changes the image’s brightness. ../../../_images/editing-brightness.jpg
Contrast Changes the image’s contrast. ../../../_images/editing-contrast.jpg
Sepia Applies a sepia filter to the original image. ../../../_images/editing-sepia.jpg
Invert Inverts colors on original image, such as black appearing as white. ../../../_images/editing-invert.jpg
Grayscale Applies a grayscale filter to the original image. ../../../_images/editing-grayscale.jpg
Reset Displays image as it was added to Brightspot. ../../../_images/editing-reset.jpg

Setting a focus point

An image’s focus point is its ideal vertical and horizontal center. When automatically cropping images, Brightspot attempts to keep the focus point in the center of the cropped area.


You can set focus points for all images, or for individual orientations (landscape, portrait, and square).

To set a focus point:

  1. In the image preview, select the orientation for which you want to set a focus point.
  2. Click on the preview. A target appears.
  3. Click again to position the target on the focus point.

When selecting a focus point, click the point of the image that you want to be as close to the center as possible in the cropped area. In the previous illustration, the focus point is the topping on the pancakes when the image is rendered in landscape orientation.

Cropping an image

The image editor provides previews of different image sizes as they appear in published content. You can modify the cropping of each image size.

To crop an image:

  1. Above the image, click brush.


    Brightspot opens the image in the image editor.

  2. In the image editor, under Sizes, scroll down and click one of the previews. Brightspot displays the preview inside a frame that keeps the focus point (if any) as close to the center as possible.

  3. Click and drag the handles to adjust the crop as necessary.

  4. Click the crop area and drag it to move the frame.

  5. Click Done to close the image editor.

The following illustration is an example of a crop area that was resized and moved. The preview matches the cropping.


Resetting a crop

You can reset a crop so that it returns to one of the preconfigured sizes.

To reset a crop:

  1. In the image editor, under Sizes, select one of the image sizes.
  2. Click Reset. The crop area returns to its original size and position.
  3. Click Done to close the image editor.

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