# Images

The Image component represents an image, illustration or photo in your design. It can point either to images that you've imported in your design, or to externally hosted ones.

# Basics

Drag and drop an Image component from the Component panel to the stage. It will appear blank, because it won't be pointing to any image file. Double clicking the image will open the Image browser, where you can browse all imported images in your design.

Image Browser

Pick one of the images by double clicking it (or by single clicking and choosing Save). This will display it on the page.

# Image Options

When an Image component is selected, the Options panel will reveal a number of useful controls for customizing your image.

Image Options

Here is a quick description of the settings:

  • Source URL - Contains the URL of the image the component is displaying. You may use it to point to remote images.
  • Width & Height - Sets the respective attributes on the image, defining it's size. It's preferable to use CSS instead of these two options.
  • Alt - This is a description of what your image contains. It's displayed when images can't be loaded and are read by screen readers.
  • Lazy Loading - This option controls the loading attribute (opens new window), which can make the browser load images only when they are visible.
  • Style - Lets you quickly define the basic shape of the image.
  • Responsive - This option ensures that the image scales with its parent and never exceeds its width. This way, your layouts look great on all screen sizes.

# Linking Remote Images

Instead of importing an image file, you can point the Image component to a URL. Just paste your URL in the Source URL field. This way you don't need to import the image in Bootstrap Studio, and your server is in control of what image to return to the client.

Note

Don't link to images hosted on other people's websites. This is known as hotlinking and is considered a bad practice. The owner of the website may remove or change the image at any time, breaking your web pages.

# Tips

  • To make sure images are responsive and look good on all devices, don't give them a width/height. Instead, make sure that the "Responsive" switch in the image options is enabled. This will make the image take the entire width of its parent. Place the image in a Column to limit its size.
  • Be sure to set the Alt option of your images. It improves accessibility and can be good for SEO.
  • When using webp and avif, make sure to include a fallback for older browsers. The picture component lets you add fallback jpg, png, gif and svg.
  • Image file size is important. Web pages with smaller images load faster and save people's data plan when viewed on mobile. Try to keep images below 200kb when possible.