When i visualize user avatar in Drupal 7 using this code:

$account = user_load(2);
print theme('user_picture', array('account' => $account));

The following image is generated:

<a href="/drupal/en/user/2" title="View user profile."><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://localhost/drupal/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/pictures/picture-2-1303917742.jpg" alt="ksu's picture" title="ksu's picture"></a>

How can i control such parameters as size of the image, title, alt? And how can i get rid of the link (or change the path) which is generated automatically with the image?

<a href="/drupal/en/user/1" title="View user profile.">...<a/>

3 Answers 3


You should use theme_image_style instead.


Example setting width/height attributes by hand (until it's resolved in Drupal core):

global $user;
$user = user_load($user->uid);
print theme('image_style', array( 'path' =>  $user->picture->uri, 'style_name' => 'thumbnail', 'width' => '150', 'height' => '162'));

Remember to change your image style 'thumbnail' in this case to your desired width/height. Now that I think about it you don't necessarily need to use theme_image_style, you could just edit the image style thumbnail presets and get the desired results. If you want width/height HTML attributes, use the example above.

  • Thank you, but could you explain how to use it? In the link you provided it's not clear explained.
    – Alexey
    Commented Aug 2, 2011 at 9:30
  • Right now the width/height attributes has still not been properly solved in Drupal 7 core: drupal.org/node/1129642 - For now you need to can set those attributes manually though.
    – ipwa
    Commented Aug 7, 2011 at 9:35
  • I updated my answer with an example.
    – ipwa
    Commented Aug 7, 2011 at 9:44

Here is my workaround:

$GLOBALS['conf']['user_picture_style'] = 'PRESET NAME';
$user_picture = theme('user_picture', array('account' => $account));

To change user picture style in node template

 * Override or insert vars into the node template.
function HOOK_preprocess_node(&$vars) {
  if ($vars['user_picture'] && $vars['display_submitted']) {
    $GLOBALS['conf']['user_picture_style'] = 'PRESET NAME';
    $vars['user_picture'] = theme('user_picture', array('account' => $vars['node']));

To change user picture style in comment template

 * Override or insert vars into the comment template.
function HOOK_preprocess_comment(&$vars) {
  if ($vars['picture']) {
    $GLOBALS['conf']['user_picture_style'] = 'PRESET NAME';
    $vars['picture'] = theme('user_picture', array('account' => $vars['comment']));

Note: To display original image use empty string as preset name.


You can try this!!

global $user;
$user_item = user_load( $user->uid );

 print theme('user_picture', array('account' =>$user_item ,'style_name' => 'thumbnail', 'width' => '150', 'height' => '162')); 

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