How do I crop an image or picture?

Updated: 02/27/2019 by Computer Hope

Cropped imageCropping an image is a way to edit out edges of an image you don't want. The resulting image will be smaller, and may have a new aspect ratio. In the picture, is an example of a large image that has been cropped to make it smaller.

Note: If you would like to keep everything in the image but make it smaller, you'll want to resize the image.

This page provides steps on how to crop an image using some of the more popular image editors, as well as on a smartphone or tablet. Click a link below for steps to crop an image in your preferred image editor, or on your smartphone or tablet.

Microsoft Paint users

Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10

  1. Open the image in Microsoft Paint.
  2. Click on the Select tool in the toolbar at the top of the program window.

Microsoft Paint Select tool

  1. Select the portion of the image you want to crop using the Select tool.
  2. Once selected, right-click with the mouse anywhere in the image selection and select Crop.

Windows XP users

Early versions of Microsoft Paint do not have an easy-to-use crop feature like other image editors. However, with a few extra steps, Microsoft Paint users can still crop images.

  1. Open the image in Microsoft Paint.
  2. Click on the Select tool in the toolbar at the top of the program window.
  3. Select the portion of the image you want to crop using the Select tool.
  4. Once selected, click Edit and then Copy.
  5. Click File and click New.
  6. In the new image, click Edit and click Paste.
  7. Finally, save the cropped image as a new file name. If you use the same name, the original file will be overwritten.

Adobe Photoshop users

  1. Open the image in Adobe Photoshop.
  2. Select the portion of the image you want to crop using the marquee tool.
  3. Click Image in the tool bar at the top of the page.
  4. From the drop-down menu that appears, select Crop.

IrfanView users

  1. Open the image in IrfanView.
  2. Click the mouse and drag a box around the section you want to crop.
  3. Click Edit, and then Crop selection.

GIMP users

  1. Open the image in The GIMP.
  2. Use the rectangle marquee to select the portion of the image you want to crop.
  3. Click Image at the top of the image tool bar.
  4. Click Crop Image.

Android smartphone and tablet users

  1. Open the Google Photos app.
  2. In the Google Photos app, find the image you want to crop and tap it to open it.
  3. Tap the Edit option.
  4. Tap the Crop & rotate Android Crop and rotate tool icon.
  5. Place your finger in one of the corners of the image and drag it up, down, left, right, or diagonally, depending on the direction you want to crop the image. Doing so will move the edges of the cropping tool in the direction you drag your finger.
  6. After dragging the corners of the crop tool and cropping the image as desired, tap the Save option in the top-right corner. A cropped version of the original image is saved in the Google Photos app.

iPhone and iPad users

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. In the Photos app, find the image you want to crop and tap it to open it.
  3. In the top-right corner, tap the Edit link.
  4. At the bottom-left corner, next to the Cancel option, tap the Crop & Rotate iPhone Crop and Rotate tool icon.
  5. Place your finger in one of the corners of the image and drag it up, down, left, right, or diagonally, depending on the direction you want to crop the image. Doing so will move the edges of the cropping tool in the direction you drag your finger.

Crop image on iPhone

  1. After dragging the corners of the crop tool and cropping the image as desired, tap the Done option in the bottom-right corner. A cropped version of the original image is saved in the Photos app.