Make a Circle Image in 5 Easy Steps

Make a Circle Image in 5 Easy Steps
August 11, 2016 PicMonkey

Put the words “crop” and “circle” together in your search bar, and you get two options: one has to do with farmland and alien beings. The other is all about creating circular images that are outta this world. Hopefully you found us because you’re looking for info on the second option. If not, you’re probably gonna want to go read something else.

Still here? Hooray, fellow picture lover! Let’s take a look at how to crop your images into circles, so you can start making social sharing and menu buttons, blog images, and avatars that arrest all the eyeballs. Cropping your pictures into perfect circles is so easy, you’ll wonder why you’ve been sticking with squares for so long.

PicMonkey Photo Editor

How to make a circle image:

  1. Open your image in the Editor.
  2. Go to Frames, then Shape Cutouts.
  3. Click the circle and Transparent background box.
  4. Use your cursor to move the circle around your image.
  5. Click Apply.

More of a visual learner? Here’s an in-depth look at the process, complete with pictures.

To make a circle image in PicMonkey, start by clicking Edit on the homescreen.

Click Edit on the top menu of the PicMonkey homepage, then click the location where your photo lives (your computer, Hub, Facebook, OneDrive, Flickr, or Dropbox).

To make a circle image in PicMonkey, open it in the Editor. You can do some preliminary cropping with the Crop tool in the Basic Edits tab.
Your image will open in the Editor, and the options in the Basic Edits tab will appear.

Tip: If you know you won’t want a specific part of your original image included in your circle, use the Crop tool in the Basic Edits tab to get rid of those unwanted areas. This isn’t a necessity—totally up to you. If you do pre-crop your image, click Apply when you’re finished.

To make a circle image in PicMonkey, head to the Frames tab and choose Shape Cutouts.

Head to Frames and find Shape Cutouts. Click the circle, and use your cursor to drag it around your image. Move the Size slider to the right to make your circle bigger, or swing it left to shrink it.

Make sure to select Transparent background, or you’ll end up with a border around your circle. Once your image is lookin’ well-rounded, click Apply. If you’re ready to preserve your perfect circle, click Save in the top toolbar.

Now that you’ve got the basics down, let’s get those creative wheels spinning faster than a pinwheel in a hurricane. We’ve rounded up a few ways to have even more fun with your circular pics:

Collage: Create an eye-catching blog graphic by opening your circular pics in Collage. Choose a layout that lines ‘em up nicely (Square Deal and Ducks in a Row have some delightfully simple layouts). Head to the Background tab to pick a color that’ll make your circles pop, or go backgroundless by clicking the transparent background box.

Graphics: Go venn diagram style by opening your circle images as graphics in Design (click Add Your Own at the top of the Graphics tab). Move them around the canvas so they overlap, then adjust the Fade slider on the Graphic palette to make them a little transparent.

Effects: Snazzify your images with your favorite photo effects (in the Effects tab). Some effects—like Bokeh Shapes and Warhol—are best applied before you crop your image into a circle. If applied after, they’ll show up outside of your circle—even if you make your canvas transparent. If you find an effect combo that you’re especially fond of, save it as a custom effect so that you can apply it to your other images on the quick.


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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.