I want to watermark featured image of specific category when featured image is set on post edit page. I made a small script which watermarks but how can I know that featured image has been set so that script function runs automatically before publishing the post?


"Thumbnails" or "Featured" images are attachments with an entry in the $wpdb->postmeta table under the key _thumbnail_id. A couple of different action hooks run when entries are added to postmeta. I think that probably the one you want is updated_{$meta_type}_meta. In your case, updated_post_meta. Something like this:

  function ($meta_id, $object_id, $meta_key, $_meta_value ) {
    if ('_thumbnail_id' == $meta_key) {
      // take a good look around
      // var_dump($meta_id, $object_id, $meta_key, $_meta_value );
      // die;

Your script would run where that commented section is. I have no idea how that script works, but there are the WordPress components.

In your pastebin code, which I trust you will be editing into the question as you should, you are using this code:

$old_featured_image = wp_get_attachment_url( get_post_thumbnail_id( $post->ID ) ); 

$post is not set in your function. That line will fail. But you are going a long way around anyway. wp_get_attachment_url requires a thumbnail ID. That ID is passed into the filter as $_meta_value. That line only needs to be:

$old_featured_image = wp_get_attachment_url( $_meta_value );

I can't swear the rest of the function will work after that change but I am always concerned when I see exec.

  • Thanks for your answer. I tried it with my watermarking function and couldn't get it to work. Here is the link you might like to see: pastebin.com/bJLxD522 – 10wtaylor Nov 30 '13 at 21:53
  • Exactly what doesn't work? Also, site policy is that all relevant code be included in either the question or the answer, whichever is appropriate. – s_ha_dum Nov 30 '13 at 21:57
  • got it, working. Problem was within my code. – 10wtaylor Dec 3 '13 at 13:29

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