Image Transformations

Image Transformations can help you enhance images, optimize them, implement responsive images or art direction.

Original image
Original image
Sharpened image
Sharpen -/sharp/15/
Enhanced image
Enhance -/enhance/100/

In any of the listed cases, you will either go with modifying original images or making several versions of an original. All that can be done on-the-fly by including the respective URL directives in CDN URLs related to images in your Uploadcare project. For example,

For better understanding image transformations, learn how our CDN works.

We support many input image formats, while the processed outputs will always be set to one of these three: PNG, JPEG or WebP.

Full list of image transformations


This section describes the limits to consider when implementing Uploadcare Image Transformations.

Core Operations

When applying image transformations, add at least one of the following operations via their respective URL directives:

Output Image Dimensions

The dimensions you specify for the last operation should not exceed 3000x3000 pixels. You can increase that limit to 5000x5000 pixels by explicitly setting your image format to JPEG, /format/jpeg/.

File Size

We don’t provide on-the-fly image transformations for images greater than 75 Mpx in resolution: those can only be delivered via CDN as-is.

Simple Rotation

When the only image transformation you want is rotating, consider using the preview control without any arguments. When you use any of the transformations, we automatically rotate images according to their EXIF orientation.

Animated Images

Animated images are treated as static by the transformations engine, consider checking out our GIF to Video workflow optimized for animated images delivery.