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Automatically grabbing thumbnails from posts is cool. But what about automatic excerpt lengths that match the height of those photos?

I recently redesigned a blog for a client and it had an automatic thumbnail for each post, with a fixed length excerpt beside it. It was okay, but our client didn’t like the fact that it was “cutting” his pictures off sometimes. Our goal then had 3 steps:

  • 1 – To set a thumbnail’s height proportional to the original picture, so that we would not cut parts of it off.
  • 2 – Use this height value to display excerpts about the same size.
  • 3 – Set up an automatic Lightbox on images that are too large for the content area.

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