How to Crop a Photo Into a Circle in Photoshop CS5

By Ashley Bustamante

Typically when thinking of cropping a photo most commonly people think of cropping the photo down to a square or rectangle. Because of this most of the automatic crop features in editing software only allow the user to crop in square or rectangular shapes. Adobe Photoshop is no different. Fortunately, if you wish to crop a photo into a circle you can still do this in Photoshop CS5 without the use of the cropping tool.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Photoshop CS5
  • Digital Photos

Step 1

Open the photo you want to crop in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Step 2

Select the "elliptical marquee" tool from the tool menu on the left of the screen.

Step 3

Hold down the left mouse button and drag the circle to cover the area of the photo you want to crop. If you don't get it perfect you can move the selection using the move tool once you have released the mouse button.

Step 4

Go to the "Select" menu and choose "Invert."

Step 5

Press the "Delete" key on the keyboard. This will delete everything but the area you selected originally.

Step 6

Save the photo as a PNG if you want the area around the circle to be transparent. Otherwise, click "Save as" and choose the file type of your choice.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to trim some of the excess space after you have cropped your photo choose "Trim" from the "Image" menu. Click on the option that says "based on transparent pixels." This will trim away the excess space.