How to Crop Pictures Into Different Shapes (Square, Circle, Triangle)

Cropping pictures into different shapes can be fun and cool. And it’s not difficult at all. It’s possible to crop pictures into different shapes such as square, circle, or triangle. The most difficult part is perhaps in choosing a picture.

Oh, and you also need to decide which program or tool to use. Some people will want to crop pictures in Word, some prefer PowerPoint, while others may not have access to Microsoft Office.

Don’t worry if you fall into the last category, we’ve also prepared some online tools that anybody can use.

Cropping Pictures in Office 2010 and Above

Cropping pictures in Office is really easy and the programs for this purpose are Word and PowerPoint. The following tips work for Office 2010 and above:

  1. Open an Office document (e.g. Word file, but you can also use Excel or PowerPoint).
  2. Click on Insert and then select Picture. Add any image that you’d like to crop.
  3. When the picture is in the file, click on it.
  4. Select Picture Tools, followed by Format. From the Size Menu, click the arrow below Crop.
  5. Choose Crop to Shape (square, circle, triangle, etc.).
  6. The shape will be applied instantly.

If you are satisfied with the shape but not with the end result, you can crop the image in other ways, such as:

  1. Cropping one side – to do this you just need to drag inward on the side cropping handle.
  2. To crop two sides that are next to each other simultaneously, you need to drag inward on the corner cropping handle.
  3. If you’d like to crop two parallel sides simultaneously, you need to hold the Ctrl button on your keyboard and drag inward on the side cropping handle.
  4. Finally, you can crop all sides if you hold the Ctrl button and drag inward on any corner cropping handle.

To confirm all of these changes, tap Crop once again.

Online Cropping Tools

If you don’t have Office, don’t worry, here are some great, free online tools you can use to edit and crop your images.


LunaPic is a fairly powerful image editor, so you bet it can be used for basic cropping. You can even draw on the picture that you want to crop. You can crop images into a square or a circle, and there are the magic wand and freeform options as well.

Select the circle tool for example. Then, draw on your picture to get the image cropped just the way you like it. When you’re done, confirm the change by clicking on Crop. Your image will be cropped and it will have a transparent background.

Follow this link to visit and use LunaPic.


IMGONLINE is another great cropping tool that you can use for free. It offers a great selection of shapes. The complex shapes are even more fun, what with the animals, hearts, arrows, and all.

Follow the following steps to use this site:

  1. Click on Choose File to add your image.
    How to Crop Pictures into Different Shapes
  2. Then you need to select the shape, e.g. shape number one is a triangle. There are many other customization options in the second step. Apply them to your liking.
  3. Finally, select the image format for saving.
  4. Confirm with OK and the image will be processed shortly after.
  5. You can then open or download it to your computer.
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This tool is very fun and easy to use once you get the hang of it. It’s probably my personal favorite of the bunch. I used the tool to edit an image of Rick (Rick and Morty) into a triangle shape. Here’s the result:

Crop Pictures into Different Shapes

The Only Limit Is Your Imagination

Now you know how to crop images into various shapes in Office and also with online tools. Hopefully, this guide was fun and easy to follow. May you have loads of fun trying out these cropping options.

Good luck cropping and feel free to add your ideas to the comments section below.

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