Crop it to Me: How to Crop Photos

Crop it to Me: How to Crop Photos

The Crop tool is like a romantic comedy love interest: you think you know all you need to know and you kinda dismiss it as boring, but one fine day, you realize that it’s exactly what you needed all along. Awww!

So read up on how to crop photos in PicMonkey, and help us help you find photographic bliss. We’ll cover how to …

  • Crop photos
  • Crop photos for social sharing
  • Crop for printing
  • Crop to improve photo composition
  • Crop photos with our Shape Cutouts

How to crop photos

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Here’s the 411 on Photo Cropping 101, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Crop Photos in Three Easy Steps:

  1. Open your image in PicMonkey and click Crop in the Basic Edits tab. A grid appears over your photo.
  2. Drag the corner handles to your desired shape and size. You also have the option to choose one of our presets, which provides the correct shape for printing at numerous sizes and social sharing.
  3. Hit Apply, then save the photo. Croppified!

Crop for social

crop-for-socialSocial media: it’s unavoidable. And if your baby/cat/latte art/ferret looks exceptionally adorable today, why not spread the joy? PicMonkey has several resources on social media images to make your photos to look their best, including the all-important and ever-changing “recommended image size.”

We’ve also got a feature baked right into our crop tool that makes it easy to crop photos for social sharing: presets for Facebook and Pinterest. Scroll through our crop sizes list and pick the perfect dimensions for your project.

Crop for printing

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There’s an analog world beyond this screen, people. Don’t believe me? Touch it!

Aww yeah. That’s three dimensions.

For those days when you require the solidity of things to remind yourself that you exist, you may be interested in cropping images to be printed. PicMonkey can help with that: our drop-down menu also provides printing presets.

Whether you need 8 x 10, 5 x 7, or another shape entirely, scroll through our crop sizes list—and if you don’t see what you want, we’ve got a conversion chart of pixels to printable inches that has additional dimensions.

Crop for composition

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PicMonkey’s Crop also comes in handy for enhancing a photo’s composition. Among the composition tips we’ve shared in the past, a few fixes are particularly easy to try using Crop:

  • Filling the frame
  • Creating symmetry
  • Using (or totally breaking) the rule of thirds

You may not know this about us, reader, but there’s almost nothing we love as much as professional and polished-looking images that take, like, virtually no time to make.

Crop with Shape Cutouts

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What if you could crop … with shapes? Suddenly, rectangles could become circles, squares could metamorphose into stars, cats and dogs living together! Science, you go too far!

Actually, this technology already exists, and it turns out that cropping your images into various shapes is perfectly safe and a lot of fun. Use PicMonkey’s Shape Cutouts, located in our Frames tab, to crop images in all kinds of configurations: stars, circles, hearts, and even hexagons. Adjust the size and angle of your cutout to get the perfect perspective on your image.

What sets Shape Cutouts apart as a cropping tool isn’t just its quirkiness, but its versatility. Sure, our cutouts can be used to add flavor (or flavahhh) to snapshots, but their uses don’t stop there. If you’re so inclined, you can use Shape Cutouts to make labels with transparent backgrounds, and even to create your own overlays. Learn more about creating great images with Shape Cutouts.

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This article was written by PicMonkey Staff, a multicellular organism of hive-minded sub-parts who just wanna get you the ideas and information you crave, so you can make good pictures and take over the world.