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How to Make My Pictures Oval

Updated March 23, 2017

Image editing software makes it easy to manipulate every aspect of an image, from changing the size of the image to adding special effects and text. One of the more useful abilities available in almost any graphics-editing program is the ability to turn images into ovals and other shapes. This can come in handy when you're creating digital photo albums or slide shows of your pictures because it allows you to alter the presentation of your images. Giving your photos an oval shape isn't difficult and can help make your digital photo albums look professional.

Open an image-editing program that allows you to make photo selections. Go to the "File" menu and select "Open," then browse to the image you want to make into an oval shape. Click the image to open it for editing.

Go to the "Tools" menu and locate the selection tools. Click on the "Ellipse Select" tool; then draw a selection over the area of your image you want to appear as an oval. Do this by clicking on the image and dragging the selection with your mouse. The oval will widen over your image. When you have your image encased in an oval selection, click your left mouse button one time to set the selection. You will see an animated selection boundary around the area of the image that will be included in the oval.

Invert the selection. You can find the "Invert" option on the "Edit" or the "Selection" menu. You have to invert the selection to cut the appropriate part of the image away. If you don't choose invert, you'll cut away the part of the image you want to keep as an oval.

Go to the "Edit" menu and choose "Cut." This will remove all but the oval selection, leaving you with an oval version of your picture. Go to the "File" menu and save your image under a different name to avoid overwriting the original image.

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Carl Hose is the author of the anthology "Dead Horizon" and the the zombie novella "Dead Rising." His work has appeared in "Cold Storage," "Butcher Knives and Body Counts," "Writer's Journal," and "Lighthouse Digest.". He is editor of the "Dark Light" anthology to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.