Magento Product Image Resize - Magento Development Tutorial
No More Square (White Background) Magento Product Images
No More Square (White Background) Magento Product Images

No More Square (White Background) Magento Product Images

Published March 21, 2011 in Development
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Do you have a site with product images of varying proportions? It can be annoying when Magento gives you that white border to make your product image square. Here’s how customize what color that background is: just add backgroundcolor('000', '000', '000')before the resize() method



Better yet, get rid of the background using keepFrame(false):

Resizing after keepFrame(false) will resize the largest dimension. Don’t forget to delete your image height and width attributes (if need be)!

Here’s (most of) the places you’ll want to change these:

  • catalog/product/view/media.phtml
  • checkout/cart/item/default.phtml
  • catalog/product/list.phtml

There may be a few more but I bet you can find them. Enjoy your no longer square (white background) images!


  1. kkirchner says:

    No problemo! Glad I could help!

  2. Scott says:

    Aweomse! Thanks for that tip…been glaring at those white bars for a couple of hours now.

  3. Budi says:


    Can u give detailed folder path because i can’t find the folder arrangement

    I try to start from /APP/ but can’t find catalog

    Thank you

  4. Rouan says:

    Thanks, I’ve used the hex value to get it working. There seems to be another issue as 0xdd,0xdd,0xdd rendered black and not grey. Code snippet: ->backgroundColor(0xdc, 0xdc, 0xdc)->resize(135);

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