Most photos you see online are rectangular, since you have no other option when taking photos on your phone or camera – it's really hard to make anything else. But plenty of pictures on the internet tend to be a bit more circular: profile pictures, logos, custom buttons. And all sorts of collages and cards can look so much better with circular images.

But how can you crop your square or rectangular photos to circles? Most free software doesn't give you the option, and those that do most likely don't give you the ability to crop, reposition, or edit your photo in any other way. In this article, I'm going to show you how to crop any photo to a circle in just a few steps using Kapwing. Here's what you'll need to do:

  1. Upload your photo to Kapwing
  2. Crop it to a circle
  3. Make background transparent
  4. Process & Download

Optional: Make it transparent

Step 1: Upload Your Photo to Kapwing

You can find your photos anywhere on the Internet (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google Images, Google Drive, etc.) since Kapwing lets you easily import pictures from almost any site. All you need to do is copy the link to the photo or its webpage. And if you’ve saved your pictures onto your device, just make sure you know where they’re located. If you're uploading photos from your desktop, it's a good idea to have your file browser open, so you can click & drag your content into the Kapwing Studio.

You can copy the link to any photo you stored or found online. 

To upload your content, just go to Kapwing.com and click “Start Editing.” Or, if you're already signed in, click "New Project," then "Start with Studio." This will take you to the Kapwing Studio, where you can use all of Kapwing’s editing tools in one place. Once you’re in the Studio, either select “Click to Upload” and search in your file browser, or paste the link to the picture you want to upload. If your picture is easily accessible, you can also drag & drop it into the Studio window, and it will upload automatically.

Step 2: Crop it to a Circle

This step has 2 easy parts. First, select "1:1" under "Output Size" in the upper right-hand corner of the Studio window. If you want a different part of the picture to be shown in the square frame, click on your photo and select "Crop" near the upper right corner. In the crop menu, choose "1:1 (Instagram Post)" and drag the crop area to cover the part of the photo that you want to use – you can also use the corner buttons to zoom in on a smaller part of the picture.

It can take just a few seconds to make your picture perfectly circular. 

Return to the Studio, click on your photo, and find the "Rounded Corners" slider on the right-hand side. Drag the slider button all the way to the right, and your photo will be cropped to a perfect circle! If it doesn't look quite right, you can always click "Crop" to change the position and zoom of your circular picture.

Step 3: Make Background Transparent

Now that you've cropped the photo to a circle, you need to remove the white background that appears in the corners. Kapwing defaults to a white background, so you'll need to change the background to transparent if you want to download your circle photo.

In the main Studio, find the background color selector in the right-hand panel. Choose "No Color" to make the white background disappear. You'll see a gray-and-white checker pattern behind your circle photo; this placeholder pattern will disappear when you click Publish.

Step 4: Publish & Download

Once your round picture looks the way you want, click "Publish" in the upper right corner of the Studio, and it should take under a second for Kapwing to process your photo. Once it's ready, just click "Download" from the right side of the screen, and your circular photo will be saved directly to your device.

Thanks for reading! Now you can share your circle cropped photo with the world. We hope that Kapwing is a faster tool than Photoshop for adding rounded corners or making circle cropped photos.

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