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The image helper returns a markup for img tags with proper srcset and sizes attributes for responsive use.

You can either give the helper the ID of an image uploaded to WordPress or alternatively use a completely custom URL as the source.

An image from WP

When using the helper with an id, you also have to provide a registered WP image size as the size parameter. Additional parameters are not needed but can be given optionally. The helper fetches the image url from the database and constructs the srcset from the specified WP image sizes.

{@image size="large" /}

By default it constructs the same sizes attribute for the image as WordPress would. You can also give a custom sizes parameter when using the helper with a WP image ID, so that the default WP sizes attribute construction is overriden.

{@image size="my_custom_wp_image_size" sizes=Settings.mainImage.sizes /}

An image from a custom src

When using the helper with a custom src url, you also have to provide the srcset and the sizes so that the helper is able to produce the responsive HTML markup.

{@image src=Settings.mainImage.src srcset=Settings.mainImage.srcset sizes=Settings.mainImage.sizes /}

The class and alt parameters

With any use case of the helper, you can always optionally provide the class and alt parameters and they will be added to the returned markup.

If you don't provide the alt parameter when using the helper with an image id, it tries to use the alt attribute given to the image when it was uploaded to WordPress. This attribute might be empty in most cases though, so remember to check the final markup for accessibility purposes.

{@image size="medium_large" class="myclass" alt="An alternative text" /}

Blog id

You can add parameter blogid if needed in cross network queries.


{@image size="large" blogid=data.blogid /}

A settings model

We recommend using a separate settings model in your DustPress installation for easily defining custom settings for images. This model can be bound to chosen models or even to the middle model which is extended by page and post models.

The custom image settings for different images in your web site layout can then be easily acquired for use in the templates.


class Settings extends \DustPress\Model {

    public function imageSettings() {
        return [
            'mainImage' => [
                'sizes'  => [
                    '(min-width: 1280px) 100vw',
                    '(min-width: 768px) 50vw',
                'src' => '',
                'srcset' => [
                    ' 300w',
                    ' 768w',
                    ' 1024w',

Image data filter

You can filter $image_data variable with filter dustpress/image/image_data. Example about adding loading="lazy" attribute for all the images with the filter.

 * Filter image helper data.
 * @param array $image_data DustPress image helper data.
 * @return mixed
function filter_image_helper_data( $image_data ) {

    $image_data['attrs']['loading'] = 'lazy';

    return $image_data;
\add_filter( 'dustpress/image/image_data', 'filter_image_helper_data', 1 );