This plugin by Robert O’Rourke has easily become one of my favorites.
Adding your images to WordPress is very straight forward and easy. However, perhaps you’ve run into a situation where you’ve uploaded your favorite photo to your WordPress site. You think everything is fine. But when you see a thumbnail image of your photo, what you see isn’t what you expected. This can be especially annoying (and maybe embarrassing) if you have a photo of a person—hence the name of the plugin: My Eyes are Up Here.
With this plugin, you can control what area of your photo appears in a thumbnail image—instead of whatever is in the center of the picture. My Eyes are Up Here includes a basic face detection feature. And, if that still doesn’t work for you, there is also a hotspot option to manually control cropping.
After installing the plugin, for your existing photos you can modify your thumbnails by going to your Media Library and selecting an image. Scroll down the Edit Media page and you’ll see your thumbnail options.
After clicking the Detect Faces button, you’ll see your new thumbnail images.
When you now upload new photos to your WordPress site, you’ll also have the option to enable the face detection or hotspot function.
The My Eyes are Up Here plugin is an easy and effective way to better control the appearance of your thumbnail images in WordPress.