Introducing Our Gatsby Plugin

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User feedback is incredibly important to us. We always aim to deliver the product enhancements that our customers ask for. Recently, many of our customers have requested support for the fast-growing framework Gatsby.

You asked, and we listened. We’re excited to announce an imgix plugin for Gatsby. This post dives into why we developed a Gatsby plugin and shares three top use cases for our plugin.

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BlurHash for imgix: An Alternative to Generic Image Placeholders

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At imgix, we care deeply about user experience. We know image loading can be detrimental to a great user experience, and can even negatively impact user behaviors on your website. Placeholders are a great option to improve perceived load times and offer a better user experience when a connection or site is slow to load images.

With this in mind, we’ve now added support for BlurHash, a new placeholder feature. In this post we’ll discuss what BlurHash is and how to apply it to your images using imgix.

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Under the Hood: Image Manager and Color Search

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Image Manager provides a way for users to search by many different attributes of an image, including file name, file type, category, content, and more. In addition, sometimes users will want to search by color to match a specific aesthetic or because the color may be the only thing they remember about the image.

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New Watermark Features for Tile and Rotation

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Our family of watermark parameters allows users to add watermarks as text or images and control the positioning, size, alignment, and transparency of the watermark separate from the base image. We’ve now added two new watermark parameters to provide greater flexibility for users looking to add custom watermarks to their images: mark-tile and mark-rot.

This post gives a brief overview of how the new parameters can be used to tile a watermark across an image and customize the rotation of a watermark.

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Introducing Our Angular Library

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We’re constantly soliciting user feedback to ensure we provide tools that serve the diverse needs of the developer community. Our users have asked for support for Angular applications, and we listened. Today we’re announcing the launch of an Angular Client Library for imgix. This addition to our suite of SDKs will allow developers to easily serve images in their Angular applications.

This post walks you through the features of our new Angular library, including placeholders and lazy loading.

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More Granular Control Over Padding and Border Parameters

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Last month we released new parameters to give you more control over the framing of your images. Before, it was only possible to add uniform border and padding to images. This made it difficult to achieve certain visual effects and layouts using the imgix rendering API. With the new parameters, you can now adjust each side of an image where border or padding is applied.

This post provides an overview of how to customize image borders and padding using the new parameters.

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