# Extract focal points¶

Usage: extract_focal()

## Description¶

When cropping, thumbor uses focal points in the image to direct the area of the image that matters most. There are several ways of finding focal points. To learn more about focal points, visit the Detection Algorithms.

In order to use the extract_focal filter, the original image must be a thumbor URL that features manual cropping. To learn more about manual cropping, visit the Crop and Resize Algorithms.

Using the original manual cropping points, this filter adds the cropped area (originally in the format /LEFTxTOP:RIGHTxBOTTOM/) as a focal point for the new image.

For the new image, thumbor will use as the original the image URL that was the original for the segment with the manual cropping.

This means that for an URL like: