How do I crop an image or picture?

Updated: 10/17/2017 by Computer Hope

Cropped imageCropping an image allows you to cut out any portion of the image you don't like, as well as make it smaller. To the right, is a visual example of a large image that has been cropped to make it smaller. This document contains steps on how to crop an image in each of the major image editors.

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

IrfanView

  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.

Microsoft Paint users

Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10

  1. Open the image in Microsoft Paint.
  2. Click on the Select tool and drag it around the portion you want to crop.
  3. Once selected right-click the mouse anywhere in the selection and click 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 and drag it around the portion you want to crop.
  3. Once selected click Edit and then Copy.
  4. Click File and click New.
  5. In the new image click Edit and click Paste.
  6. Finally, save the cropped image as a different name or as the same name if you want to overwrite the other file.

The GIMP

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

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.