How to Make Tumblr Photos in a Text Post Fit With the Border of the Theme

By Tammy Columbo

Post full size photos in Tumblr text posts.
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Most Tumblr themes support photos up to 500 pixels wide with a height of up to 700 pixels in the standard text post view. However, you can upload a larger image that your users can view by clicking on the original image in a Photo post. The larger version of the image can be up to 1280 pixels wide and 1920 pixels tall. Crop your photo to 500 pixels wide or less to ensure the photo fits within the theme border.

Crop or resize the image to 500 x 700 pixels or smaller. Save the image as a JPG, GIF, PNG or BMP file.

Log in to your Tumblr dashboard, then click the “Text” post icon to open the New Text Post form.

Type an optional title for the post in the Title box, then type a message in the text box.

Click the “Camera” icon to open the Photo Upload dialog box.

Browse to and click the photo file, then click “Open” to upload the photo to the text post form.

Click the “Post” button to publish the post.


You can upload one image per text post. Images must be 10 MB or less, or 1 MB or less for animated GIFs.

To view your blog content as users see it, log out of Tumblr then open your blog page using the URL “,” replacing “myBlogpage” with the name of your blog.

You can insert photos hosted on photo-sharing sites. Visit the photo sharing site to generate the HTML code to display your photo. Click the “<html>” link in the New Text Post form to open the HTML editor. Paste the HTML in the editor box, then publish the post.


Even though images 500 pixels wide and less display full size to visitors and followers, the image displays as a smaller version in your dashboard. Click the image to view the full-sized photo seen by users.