Images don’t always show up in the size we want. Fortunately we can crop them into the perfect width and height. Sometimes this involves an image cropper but there are ways to do so without. Before we dive into how to crop an image, here’s what it means to crop a photo.

What does it mean to crop an image?

Cropping means to discard unwanted portions of an image and preserve the important part. Note that cropping resizes an image, but it’s different than resizing images. This function typically changes a photo’s aspect ratio by making either the height or width a bit smaller.

For example, if there was a picture of you next to a river but you only wanted your face, cropping would help accomplish that. It would let you trim around your face to remove the river and only preserve your face for the image.

Here’s a comprehensive look at the different ways to crop an image.

How do you crop an image?

Now that you understand what it means to crop an image, here’s how to do it for both Windows and Mac.

For Windows

  1. Locate the file you wish to alter
  2. Right-click it and select ‘edit’
  3. In the paint tool, click the rectangular ‘select’ tool
  4. Drag across the picture to capture the portion you want
  5. Click the ‘crop’ button
A screenshot of an image in Paint.
Paint has the necessary tools to crop an image.

Your image should now be correctly portioned.

For Mac

  1. Locate the file you wish to edit
  2. Open it using ‘Preview’
  3. Click the ‘Editor Toolbar’
  4. Choose the ‘rectangular selection’ tool
  5. Drag across the picture to capture the portion you want
  6. Click the ‘crop’ button

Your image is now only showing the portion you want.

Image cropper tool

There are numerous systems that make it easy to crop an image. If you want to maximize your selection, it’s probably a good idea to try out a few of them before selecting one. Three that I feel work great are ILoveImage, LunaPic and Fotor. Check them out and see which one is easiest for you to manage.

It’s not hard to trim your images down exactly the way you want them. Just make sure you’re using the right methods and tools. If you are, you’ll have perfectly cropped images in your photo libraries.

Casey Schmidt – Content Manager and Industry Expert

Casey Schmidt – Content Manager and DAM Industry Expert | Canto

Casey is a content management and branding expert who enjoys taking complex subjects and making them easy to understand for readers.