Sunday, 14 October 2012

How to make a perfect circle picture (no special software needed!)

Anyone can add a picture in the shape of a perfect circle, no special skills, software, packages or subscriptions are needed.

** A few comments on this post have asked how to remove the default white shadow border around your Blogger images. I've posted a super-easy tutorial to solve this problem which you can read by clicking here **


 A few weeks ago I wrote a blog article with this image within it:


 And I had a question on twitter asking me how I made it. So I thought I would share how easy it is, in case there were other people wondering.

I do all of my image edits in Picmonkey. I don't have any special editing software. I'd probably sell my dog for a copy of Photoshop Elements. But in the meantime, Picmonkey does everything I need, totally free. I love it and I recommend it to anyone who doesn't want to splash out on some fancy schmancy software. I made my blog banner with it and I also edit all of my photos - there is pretty much nothing you can't do. Obviously, it's not as sophisticated as Photoshop but it certainly fills a gap in my life :-)

I'm going to share some things I have learnt with it here over a number of posts. If you have any questions or would like to know if something is possible using Picmonkey, I'll give it a bash too, just comment or tweet me.

So, here are the very simple steps to making a perfect circle picture and using it in your blog post/layout.

  1. Go to http://www.picmonkey.com. There are two buttons. 'Create A Collage' and Edit An Image'. Click Edit an Image and select the picture you want to use. This technique works on either object or one-person photos best.

2. The first option in the menu on the left is 'Crop'. Click it and a drop-down box with appear. See where it says 'Square' on my screenshot above? When you first go into the menu, that will say 'No Fixed Proportions'. Just click that little box to see the options. This will force you to select a square area of your your photo. You can make the square area bigger or smaller. I made it as big as possible and centered my son's torso.


 3. Now you are ready to make it round. Go to the 'Frames' menu as shown above. You should be able to click any of these photos to make them bigger.


 4. The first option you are given is 'Rounded Corners'. Click it, then slide that slider right the way to the right. Revel in the roundness of your photo.


 5. You must make sure that 'Transparent corners' is checked.


6. Click save (at the top of the screen) and type a name for your file. Make sure you save as a .PNG file or your image won't have transparent corners. Click 'Save Photo' and you will be given the option to chose the file where you want to save the image. 

And you are done! You can now add the photo to your blog in the very same way that you normally add a photo.


 I hope you will enjoy using these types of image, there are lots of ways you can utilise them. Why not make a collage of all round pics? Use Picmonkey's 'Create a collage' option and just upload all round .PNG pictures. Or you could use a circle social media avatar - that would work best with a picture on a dark background, as most social media sites have white as their main colour anyway. I also think round pictures made excellent menu buttons - the possibilities are endless :-) Please let me know if this tutorial was helpful!
 

55 comments:

  1. Love this tip! Great job!!

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    1. Thank you so much Dani! xx

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    2. I just want to share Katy how much I appreciate you explaining this so well. A few hours ago, I was scared to hit unknown buttons on Pic Monkey. Now, I have designed all kinds of things for my art. Appreciate it so much. Colorful Wishes, Ann Lutz

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  2. What a great tip! Thanks so much.

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  3. Awesome! Will come in handy for Google+ too!

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  4. This is so awesome! I had to share with my peeps...I've been dying for circle photos without the pleasure of Photoshop.

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  5. Great tutorial! Very simple yet great results! That photo of your son is super cute, by the way.

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    1. Thank you Rochelle! What a lovely comment xx

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  6. very informative! Thank you so much! :)

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  7. Thank you so much for this! I've been using another software which I paid for and this is soo much better! Wish I knew this before :)

    xktr.blogspot.com

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  8. This was really super helpful, thank you.

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  9. Thank you for this tutorial! So simple, yet looks so great :)

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  10. mines keep showing up with a white background when i use it on blogger, how do i take that off ?

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  11. Thank you so much! I've used PicMonkey for collages before, but never for rounded corners and photo edits. I sort of shied away from PicMonkey since it uploads my photos to who knows where but I can get over that hesitation for effects like these. I'll still probably use Picture Collage Maker Lite for my collages though since I can keep my pictures on my computer. Ooops, tangent! But thank you again for this awesome tutorial!

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  12. Thank you!!! I've been trying to learn how to do this! VERY helpful :)

    www.prettypetalsonline.com

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  13. Check out the app "shapely" - lots of circles and other shapes too.

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  14. Great tutorial - just used this on my 'about me' page to replace boring square images:

    www.BrowserOnly.net

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  15. Wow, this is often a good plan to undertake samples on mistreatment the ikon editor! Thanks for the tutorial, it'll be extremely useful as I'm not that sensible at such programs. Referencing to Aaron Shepard adds lots to your credibility! All of his books are necessities for the self-publisher. photo editing software

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  16. thanks so much for your help and for recommending the photo editor! brill post :) x

    ablondestatement

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  17. Do you know how to print words or create designs in the shape of a circle?

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    1. Do you mean to force lettering into a curve? I don't quite understand your question but I would really like to help you, sorry it took me so long to reply!!

      Drop me an email to katyclouds@outlook.com

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  18. This is really useful, thanks. :o)

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  19. AHmazing! I also use PicMonkey for everything...and didn't know this was possible!!! Do you know how to remove/change a background without upgrading to the Royal/paid features?? I currently take pics with my phone b/c I don't have a camera and sometimes my gray walls just make the background look harsh. Too much editing makes them look overexposed. To be able to remove the background or add something different would be so cool!! (like a bright white) Thanks so much :)

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    1. Cindy, keep an eye out on the blog as I am going to tackle this in the next few weeks xx

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  21. Excellent tutorial. Thanks.

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  22. Hi Katy
    After a lot of wasted time on other programs trying to create circular images, I've now found an angel (Katy) who not only provided the software link but also provided instructions. Awesome! Thanks Katy regards, Derek

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  23. Thanks, this was the easiest png manipulation I could find.

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  24. Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
    thank you :)

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  25. Thanks so much! Super helpful for my mother's day project :)

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  26. Thank you so much Katy.. You made my day..:)

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  27. Thanks much Katy! Cool....was trying to get to Photoshop, but this was so easy. <3

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  28. This is very helpful in my blog redesign! Thank you so much!

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  29. This is a great tutorial. Thanks.
    Picreel

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  30. I've been making myself crazy trying to do this in Photoshop, but this is so much easier, thank you!!

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  31. This has been the most helpful blog post!!

    I'm following your blog now!

    Would love if you visited mine itsmyfashion.co.uk

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  32. This post is soo old but I just wanted to tell you that I love you. I've been trying to make a collage for my header for ages and I had no idea how to so thank you. This is genius.

    http://thebitchslife.blogspot.com

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  33. Thank you so much for this explanation!

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  34. Your way are great but my issue would like to insert round picture and to another picture with so many different color background and if i did it ms paint on window 7 the back ground white eventhough i had already click the the transparent mode

    can you help ?

    Thank you

    Vincent Lee

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    1. Vincent: I don't fully understand your question. I presume you are saying that you are not finding the transparent background is carrying over when you try to do further editing in MS Paint? That will be because MS Paint doesn't support transparent images and reverts to the default white background.

      I'd be happy to offer some advice if you email me katyclouds@outlook.com

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  35. So amazed - you made that so simple! Love it xxx

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  36. uuughhh...i've read so many of these tutorials and nothing works.i do everything and somehow when i put the photo on the blog it appers with a white frame!!!what am i doing wrong???

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    2. Same thing...I´m using a png image with a transparent background but blogger always adds white frames. Tell me if you figure out what´s wrong!

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    3. I just posted a tutorial that should help with this issue

      http://katyclouds.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/how-to-remove-white-borders-on-images.html

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  37. finally... http://helplogger.blogspot.fi/2012/04/how-to-remove-blogger-pictureimage.html

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    1. I just posted one of those too :)

      http://katyclouds.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/how-to-remove-white-borders-on-images.html

      Incidentally Design Bellissima, I tried to email you using the email button on your blog but it got returned as undelivered xx

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    2. Oh no... Thanks for the tutorial:) I´m sure many people will find this very useful!

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