Cropping Circular Images In Photoshop
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I’ve got these two images open in Photoshop, and the idea is that I want to crop a perfectly circular image out of each one. I also want to be able to make the cropped circular images exactly the same size.
If I right-click on the window of each image I can see that the dimensions of each image are the same. 1024 x 768 pixels. So as long as the circular image I want to cut is smaller than this original size I will achieve a good quality image.
Before I make any changes I usually like to make sure I change the background layer into an ordinary layer by double-clicking it. Background layers behave differently to ordinary layers so I tend to get rid of them. I also make a copy of the layer to work on so I have a backup to go back to if I decide to undo what I have done and start again.
Next I will make the bottom layer on each image temporarily invisible by clicking on the eye symbol. Now I’m ready to make the circular crop
Next I’ll select the elliptical marquee tool and. If it is not visible on the toolbar, I’ll click and hold on the rectangular marquee tool and the other shapes will pop out. At this point you can select the elliptical tool.
One way to crop say a 300px circle from an image is to select the Fixed Size style and set the measurements to 300 x 300px. But you may have a large photo like I have here. If you set the selection to 300px this will work, but on a larger photo, you will only end up selecting a small piece of the image like this. Supposing I wanted to select a much larger area and then make that 300px in diameter? Let’s take a look
Set the width to be the size you want, making sure the style is set to fixed size and move the selection around the image and to cover the area of the image you want to cut out. Select the inverse and hit the delete key. You now have a circular image that is exactly 300px in diameter.
Alternatively you can cut a much larger circle out of the image and then resize it to be the desired diameter. This gives you the chance to capture as little or as much of the image as you want.
Here’s a copy of the image, this time I chose fixed ratio with 1 and 1 in the width and height box. Then I can select any size of circle I like, to take in as much or as little of the original image as I like. Next select inverse and hit delete, to get rid of the area outside the circle. Next I can scale the circular image to be 300px square, by going to edit and then transform and scale.
Next resize and watch the numbers as they show you the current size of your circle. When I get to 300 x 300pixels I stop. So this shows you two ways to cut a circular section from an image.
I’ll show you once again using this image of a tree. It’s nice for the cut out to include most of the tree so I use the Fixed ratio technique again. Having selected the area I want I then select the inverse and hit delete on the keyboard to remove the unwanted area of the image. But this time I make the image much bigger by showing it at its full size. It was viewing at only 66% – so increasing the resolution to 100% means that it is easier to stop the resize at exactly 300px.