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Desaturate Image Gallery Thumbnails

How to Desaturate Image Gallery Thumbnails in WordPress

by Waseem Abbas on Jun 19, 2017

Do you want to add a black and white effect to your image gallery thumbnails? Creating an image gallery with the black and white thumbnails that displays color on hover is an easy way to grab the attention of your visitors. In this tutorial, we will share how to desaturate image gallery thumbnails in WordPress.

By default, WordPress image gallery won’t allow you to desaturate the thumbnails. You need a plugin like Envira Gallery to add black and white thumbnails that show the original image on hover into your image gallery.

To desaturate image gallery thumbnails in WordPress, you’ll need to follow these 5 steps:

  • Step 1. Install and activate Envira Gallery plugin
  • Step 2. Install and Activate Gallery Themes addon by Envira
  • Step 3. Create an image gallery with Envira
  • Step 4. Go to config settings & change automatic layout
  • Step 5. Publish your image gallery & display it in WordPress

By the end of this tutorial, you’ll be able to desaturate image gallery thumbnails that will look like as shown in this image below:

Desaturate Image Gallery Thumbnails

Ready to get started? Let’s go!

Step 1: Install and Activate Envira Gallery Plugin

First thing that you need to do is to install and activate Envira Gallery plugin to your site.

Envira Gallery

If you face troubles in installation, then simply check out this guide on how to install Envira in WordPress.

Step 2: Install and Activate Gallery Themes Addon by Envira

Upon activating the plugin, you can go to Envira Gallery » Addons to install and activate Gallery Themes addon.

To access this addon, you must have Envira Silver license or higher for more features. Simply learn to upgrade your license here.

Envira Gallery

Next you can go ahead and create image galleries using Envira.

Step 3: Create an Image Gallery with Envira

You need to go to Envira Gallery » Add New from your WordPress admin backend and add the title to your new image gallery.

Add New Gallery

Now you need to add the photos in the Native Envira Gallery section.

Add Photos

You should check out this guide on how to create an image gallery with thumbnails in WordPress.

Step 4: Go to Config Settings & Change Automatic Layout

After adding the photos, you should go to Config tab. In the Automatic Layout: Gallery Theme dropdown, you need to select Desaturate.

Select Desaturate

Next you can display this image gallery with desaturated thumbnails to your site.

Step 5: Publish Your Image Gallery & Display it in WordPress

Once you have selected the Desaturate gallery theme, simply hit the Publish button.

You’ll notice a new Envira Gallery Code widget right under the Publish widget at the right hand side of your screen.

Go ahead and copy the shortcode from this widget. You need this shortcode to show the image gallery on your site.

Copy Shortcode

You need to go to Pages/Posts » Add New or simply edit an existing page/post. In the visual editor, paste the shortcode and click on the Publish button.

Add Shortcode

That’s all. You can visit your website to see desaturate image gallery thumbnails that will look like as shown in this image below:

Desaturate Image Gallery Thumbnails

You can see that the third thumbnails in first row is showing the original colored image on mouseover.

We hope this tutorial has helped you to learn how to desaturate image gallery thumbnails in WordPress. You may also want to check out our guide on how to add watermark to images in WordPress & how to fix common WordPress errors.

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