Make a Circle Image in 4 Easy Steps

Make a Circle Image in 4 Easy Steps
October 23, 2018 PicMonkey

Squares are fine. Lots of great things are square. Crackers. Children’s books. Uncle Owen. So if you want to be L7 and have people praise your equi-angularity, we won’t even think about trying to stop you.

But you know that some scientists have determined that humans are drawn to curved shapes more than straight ones, right? So if you want to attract humans to your designs, maybe you can try cropping some images into circles. Make some menu buttons or avatars. Or just slowly transition away from Squaresville by mixing some circles in with your polygons once in a while.

Quick steps for making a circle image

  1. Click the Create new button to open your image in PicMonkey.
  2. Click the Frames tab, then choose Shape Cutouts.
  3. Use your cursor to adjust the circle’s placement on your image.
  4. Click Apply.

Those are the basics. Want to see it in action? Let’s go!

Detailed steps for making a circle image

Start with a square or rectangular image.

Click Create New at the top of the PicMonkey homepage, then click the location where your photo lives (Computer, Hub, or More). When you choose your image, it opens in PicMonkey.

Apply a circular shape cutout to your image.

Click the Frames tab, then choose Shape Cutouts from the menu. The circle frame and transparent background are selected by default. That’s what you need for this exercise. Use your cursor to drag the frame to where you want it on your image.

Move the Shape Size slider to the right to make your circle bigger, or swing it left to shrink it. Once your image looks well-rounded, click Apply. Crop your image to get rid of fat around the edges or change the dimensions. Boom! It was that easy. 

Final touches

Convert your image to a layer if you want to reposition the circle outside the perimeter of the canvas

If you want more control over the placement of your circular image on your canvas—even outside the perimeter of the canvas—convert it to a layer after you’re done applying the circle. Do so in the Layers palette—click the Layers button to open it (square pancakes icon in the bottom toolbar). Then click “Convert to layer.” Converting to a layer is also handy if you want to create a colored background where the transparent checkered area is.

You can add your finished circular image to another image (say, a colored canvas, a blog page, or a photo collage) and only the circle innards will show—not the checkerboard transparent parts. If you decide to move the image out of Hub and you want to keep the transparency, make sure to export it as a .PNG file.  

Tip for multiple-layered images

Flatten your circle image using the Layers Palette.If the image you’re working with has multiple layers, you’ll need to flatten them before applying the circle frame. Just click the Flatten all layers button (square-pancakes-with-an-arrow icon) at the bottom of the Layers palette. 


Use circular images in your designs.


That’s all you need to do to be spinnin’ right round like a record! 

To learn more about creating logos and watermarks, check out our YouTube Logo Maker and our Create a Watermark article.

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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 powerful images that level up your business.