How to Crop a Photo Online

Most online editors don't allow you to fully customize your cropping and output dimensions, and the most robust editors often cost money, or require an app download. In this article, I'll show you a better way to crop using Kapwing.

How to Crop a Photo Online

Every content creator, seasoned and new, has used the crop tool to perfect their photos. This handy tool is often used to create social media profile pictures with the right dimensions and to remove excess portions from the background. Most online editors don't allow you to fully customize the cropping and output dimensions, and robust editors often come with a high price tag or require an app download.

In this article, I'll show you a better way to crop using a free browser-based video editor called Kapwing. Kapwing works well on computers, phones, and tablets, gives you free cloud storage for your content, and provides the functionality of a high-powered editing software. To begin cropping your photos, you’ll need to follow these three easy steps:

  1. Upload Your Photo to Kapwing
  2. Crop or Resize
  3. Publish & Download

Step 1: Upload Your Photo to Kapwing

With Kapwing, you have several options for importing photos into the Studio. You can copy an image URL from a website (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,) or upload a picture from your file browser. If you're using a PC, you can also click & drag your content into the Kapwing Studio.

To upload your content, visit Kapwing in your browser and click “Get Started." If you're already signed in to your account, click "New Project." This will take you to the Kapwing Studio, where you can use all of Kapwing’s tools in one place. Once you’re in the Studio, either select “Click to Upload” and search for your picture in the file browser, or paste an image URL to import the photo. If your picture is easily accessible, you can also drag & drop it into the Studio window, and it will upload automatically.

Step 2: Crop or Resize

Once your content is fully uploaded to the Studio, select your photo and choose "Crop" from the right-hand menu. If you're using a mobile device, select your photo, choose "Edit Layer," then choose "Crop." In the Crop window, you can click & drag the corner buttons of the picture to adjust its size and dimensions. Click & drag the cropped frame to choose the portion of your photo that you want to be visible.

You can also choose among various preset aspect ratios for your photo. Once you've selected a common preset aspect ratio, you can click & drag the photo's corners and move the cropped frame, while the photo's dimensions remain the same.

Kapwing also allows you to choose your photo's exact output dimensions, if you want the picture to fit in a particular space or have a specific file size. Just deselect your photo and choose "Custom Size" from the canvas size options in the right-hand menu (or choose "Edit Canvas," then "Custom Size" on mobile). Here, you can enter your exact desired output dimensions, or adjust the scale of your photo while locking its aspect ratio. Most sites make it easy to find out what aspect ratio you should use when posting visual content, but you can also look through an exhaustive list of social media sizing guidelines.

While you’re in the Kapwing Studio, you can make any other edits that your image needs:

Add & edit text
• Add other pictures, GIFs, videos, overlays, & audio
• Add shapes
• Add text animations
Crop & filter

Step 3: Export & Download

Once you've cropped your photo and edited it to perfection, click "Export Image" in the upper right-hand corner. Kapwing will automatically work its magic, and your cropped picture should be ready to download almost immediately.

When your picture is finished processing, click “Download” from the right side of the screen to save it to your device. If you see a small watermark in the corner of your picture, sign up for a free account with your email to remove it or upgrade to Kapwing Pro for unlimited no-watermark images. You can quickly share your freshly cropped photo to social media with the share buttons or click "Copy Link" to share it in a forum, comment section, or message.

Remember to tag us @KapwingApp whenever you share your content on social media– we love to see what our creators are passionate about! And be sure to subscribe to the Kapwing Resources page – we’re constantly writing new tutorial and features to help you make the most out of Kapwing.

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