Crop a Picture into a Circle in Google Slides Using Crop to Shape

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated August 1, 2021

Applies to: Google Slides® (Windows or Mac)

You can achieve some interesting effects by cropping an image into a shape in Google Slides. However, if you want to crop an image into a circle, you’ll need to use a few tricks.

To crop an image into a circle, you’ll need to:

  1. Crop the image to a square
  2. Change the square to a circle
  3. Adjust if necessary

You can also adjust an oval into a circle as an alternative method.

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When you crop an image, the image will appear in crop mode with two sets of handles (black crop handles and square blue sizing handles):

Image in crop mode in Google Slides.

Step 1: Crop an image to a square

There are 4 ways to crop an image in Google Slides:

  1. Using the menu
  2. Using the Crop command on the Toolbar
  3. By right-clicking
  4. By double-clicking

To crop an image into a square in Google Slides using the menu:

  1. Select the image on the slide.
  2. Click Format in the menu, select Image and then Crop Image. The image appears in crop mode.
  3. Drag the black cropping handles to create a perfect square (it’s usually best to use a corner cropping handle).
  4. Drag the square blue sizing handles to resize the image within the cropped area (it’s usually best to use a corner sizing handle).
  5. Drag the image within the cropped area to the desired location.
  6. Click outside the image to exit crop mode.

The following menu appears with you select Format > Image > Crop Image:

Crop image in Format menu in Google Slides.

To crop an image into a square in Google Slides using the Crop command on the Toolbar:

  1. Select the image on the slide.
  2. Click Crop on the Toolbar. The image appears in crop mode.
  3. Drag the black cropping handles to create a perfect square (it’s usually best to use a corner cropping handle).
  4. Drag the square blue sizing handles to resize the image within the cropped area (it’s usually best to use a corner sizing handle).
  5. Drag the image within the cropped area to the desired location.
  6. Click outside the image to exit crop mode.

The Crop command appears in the Toolbar when an image is selected:

Crop command in Toolbar in Google Slides.

To crop an image into a square in Google Slides by right-clicking:

  1. Right-click the image on the slide. A drop-down menu appears.
  2. Click Crop Image. The image appears in crop mode.
  3. Drag the black cropping handles to create a perfect square (it’s usually best to use a corner cropping handle).
  4. Drag the square blue sizing handles to resize the image within the cropped area (it’s usually best to use a corner sizing handle).
  5. Drag the image within the cropped area to the desired location.
  6. Click outside the image to exit crop mode.

The following menu appears when you right-click an image:

Crop command in context menu in Google Slides.

To crop an image into a square in Google Slides by double-clicking:

  1. Double-click the image on the slide. The image appears in crop mode.
  2. Drag the black cropping handles to create a perfect square (it’s usually best to use a corner cropping handle).
  3. Drag the square blue sizing handles to resize the image within the cropped area (it’s usually best to use a corner sizing handle).
  4. Drag the image within the cropped area to the desired location.
  5. Click outside the image to exit crop mode.

Step 2: Crop the image into a circle

The next step is to crop the image into a circle.

To crop an image into a circle in Google Slides using the Crop command on the Toolbar:

  1. Select the image on the slide.
  2. Click the arrow beside Crop in the Toolbar. A drop-down menu appears.
  3. Select Shapes and then click the oval shape in the Shapes Gallery.
  4. If the cropped area does not appear to be a perfect circle, double-click the image and drag the crop handles until it appears as a circle.
  5. Click outside the image to exit crop mode.

You can create some really interesting effects in your presentation when you try cropping to a shape.

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