Properly remove white image frame upon resizing photos in Magento

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Magento has pretty neat image helper you can use to output your product photos. Today one of my coworkers got frustrated with the white frame he kept getting around the resized image he tried to output in sidebar block. As s possible solution he tried resolving the issue with CSS. However, there is a better, more nicer solution to ditch the whit frame around resized images in Magento.

Here is a practical example of a code sample from default media.phtml file:

    < ?php foreach ($this->getGalleryImages() as $_image): ?>
            <a href="#" onclick="popWin('<?php echo $this->getGalleryUrl($_image) ?>', 'gallery', 'width=300,height=300,left=0,top=0,location=no,status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes'); return false;" title="< ?php echo $this->htmlEscape($_image->getLabel()) ?>"><img src="<?php echo $this-/>helper('catalog/image')->init($this->getProduct(), 'thumbnail', $_image->getFile())->resize(56); ?>" width="56" height="56" alt="< ?php echo $this->htmlEscape($_image->getLabel()) ?>" /></a>
    < ?php endforeach; ?>

Turning it into this will yield a “frame-free” image:

< ?php foreach ($this->getGalleryImages() as $_image): ?>
		<a href="#" onclick="popWin('<?php echo $this->getGalleryUrl($_image) ?>', 'gallery', 'width=300,height=300,left=0,top=0,location=no,status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes'); return false;" title="< ?php echo $this->htmlEscape($_image->getLabel()) ?>"><img src="<?php echo $this-/>helper('catalog/image')->init($this->getProduct(), 'thumbnail', $_image->getFile())->keepFrame(false)->resize(56); ?>" alt="< ?php echo $this->htmlEscape($_image->getLabel()) ?>" /></a>
< ?php endforeach; ?>

As you can see, all it took was to add the keepFrame(false) method call prior to calling the resize() method.

Here are the results of before/after scenario.

Hope it helps around minor styling issues :)



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Branko Ajzele

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Worked at Inchoo as a Backend Developer/CTO from 2008 to 2013

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  1. Thanks for the great tip?

    I found the file in this location: /app/design/frontend/default/default/template/catalog/product/view/media.phtml.

    Edited the file and uploaded it and refreshed my cache, but the images still have the white frame.

    Any ideas on what I can do?

  2. @Guilio Surrounding “a” or shall I say link tag has some CSS attached that adds additional padding to it. Remove the height from “.product-view .product-img-box .more-views li a” from styles.css on line 933 (at least this is so on default theme).

  3. Simply brilliant. That frame is so annoying!!

    Thanks guys

  4. E-mil

    nope didn’t work.. in

  5. hans

    Worked for us in Magento Version Thanks!

  6. marcia

    @Branko where are the files located that you referenced

  7. marcia

    Found the files but couldnt find the line that deals with the height;

    .product-view .product-img-box .more-views li { float:left; padding:1px; background-color:#ddd; margin:0 0 8px 4px ; }

    .product-view .product-img-box .more-views li { float:left; margin:0 21px 5px 0 ; }

    .product-view .product-img-box .more-views li a{ text-decoration:none !important;}

  8. marcia

    I am in app/design/frontend/default/default/template/catalog/product/view/media.phtml

    and this is what i have, i dont see where i should make the change mentioned

    $_helper = $this->helper(‘catalog/output’);

    getImage() != ‘no_selection’ && $_product->getImage()): ?>

    $_img = 'helper(‘catalog/image’)->init($_product, ‘image’).’” alt=”‘.$this->htmlEscape($this->getImageLabel()).’” title=”‘.$this->htmlEscape($this->getImageLabel()).’” />’;
    echo $_helper->productAttribute($_product, $_img, ‘image’)

    __(‘Double click on above image to view full picture’) ?>

    <img id="zoom_out" src="getSkinUrl(‘images/slider_btn_zoom_out.gif’) ?>” alt=”__(‘Zoom Out’) ?>” class=”btn-zoom-out” />

    <img id="zoom_in" src="getSkinUrl(‘images/slider_btn_zoom_in.gif’) ?>” alt=”__(‘Zoom In’) ?>” class=”btn-zoom-in” />

    Event.observe(window, ‘load’, function() {
    product_zoom = new Product.Zoom(’image’, ‘track’, ‘handle’, ‘zoom_in’, ‘zoom_out’, ‘track_hint’);

    $_img = 'helper(‘catalog/image’)->init($_product, ‘image’)->resize(265).’” alt=”‘.$this->htmlEscape($_product->getImageLabel()).’” />’;
    echo $_helper->productAttribute($_product, $_img, ‘image’)

    getGalleryImages()) > 0): ?>

    __(‘More Views’) ?>

    getGalleryImages() as $_image): ?>

    <a href="#" onclick="popWin(’getGalleryUrl($_image) ?>’, ‘gallery’, ‘width=300,height=300,left=50,top=50,location=no,status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes’); return false;”><img src="helper(‘catalog/image’)->init($this->getProduct(), ‘thumbnail’, $_image->getFile())->keepFrame(false)->resize(56); ?>” alt=”htmlEscape($_image->getLabel()) ?>” title=”htmlEscape($_image->getLabel()) ?>” />

  9. griefex

    Hi, I am using Magento version 1.4, unfortunately this didn’t work for me :( Any other suggestions?

    I did the above change in: /app/design/frontend/base/default/template/catalog/product/view/media.phtml

    Have also checked the CSS as mentioned above, but there is no padding in any of the classes. Also removed cached from magento and from browser and no change!

    Please help

  10. Finaly got this working after making the changes to the media.phtml file, the border was still there. Edited the styles.css file of my tempate and set the border pixels to 0px instead of 2px and presto no image border or frame.

  11. Simon

    Hi All,

    This is weird. I actually want a frame on mine and but I don’t see it. I just uploaded a product with an impage and all it shows is the product image and no line frame.

    I don’t this this as being configurable on the backend. Is there a code I need to look for on the css file? Please help.

  12. Simon

    I’m on 1.4.2.

  13. Simon

    OK, the image frame I’m referring to is actuall on the featured products block on home page. I noticed I do get them on the product details.


  14. Thanks a lot, it worked!

  15. Pascal

    Thanks! Worked in Magento Version with your Featured Products extension ;)

  16. martin

    I use Magento Version and this works but the thumbnails have different heights with your solution

    I used that to prevent it

    now they are all the same size but aspect ratio is wrong. that does not hurt that much on thumbnails but
    how can I crop my images to keep the aspect ratio and have all the same size?

    I tried this but did not generate thumbnails with their settings

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  18. Hii Guys…..

    found useful.. its working in my magento site….


  19. Hello,

    I’m using Magento 1.7.

    I removed the frame:

    ->keepAspectRatio(false)->constrainOnly(false)->keepFrame(false)->resize(300, 300)

    But now the image is stretched.

    Any Idea?

  20. Dan

    Awesome! Thanks.

  21. Thanks for this Branko, it’s not easy to figure out why the frame is there.

  22. Bharat

    Hello Guys,

    I have used


    but its not working for me. I am using magento

    Does it also working with .jpg images?

    Please help me guys.

  23. This is mind blowing post
    Its save lots of my time
    Anant Prajapati

  24. mac

    I first tried the GD2.php to get rid of these nasty borders – but your solution is ways better.

  25. Akash


    In the link,

    There is a Frame Option, where frame images are coming.
    When a user click on any image, that should be displayed behind the main image

    Example -

    Kindly help me

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