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How to Turn a Square Picture Into a Circle

Updated February 21, 2017

Pictures come in various shapes and sizes. A square picture is handy for displaying symmetry. Like square pictures, circular pictures draw your attention towards the centre of an image. You can create both types of shapes in an image editor, such as Photoshop, Fireworks or Paint.NET. Elliptical tools in your editor help you select circular areas. By inversing your selection, you can flip the selected area and remove unwanted areas more quickly.

Select "File" and "Open" from the Photoshop menu. Find and double-click the image you want to modify. Select the "Elliptical Marquee" tool from the toolbox.

Click the top, left corner of the image. Hold down the "Shift" key as you drag your mouse to the bottom, right corner of the image to constrain the selection.

Select "New" and "Layer via Copy" or press "Ctrl" and "J" to copy the selection into another layer.

Go to the Layers palette and select the layer that contains the original image you copied. Click the "Eye" icon to hide the layer from view, so only the circular picture is visible.

Select "File" and "Open" from the Fireworks menu. Find and double-click the image you want to change.

Click the "Oval Marquee" tool in the toolbox.

Click the top, left corner of the image and hold the "Shift" key as you drag your mouse to the bottom, right corner.

Click "Select" and "Select Inverse" in the menu and press the "Delete" key. The square edges are removed.

Select "File" and "Open" from the Paint.NET menu. Find and double-click the image you want to modify.

Click the "Ellipse Select" tool from the toolbox.

Click the top, left corner of the image. Hold down the "Shift" key as you drag your mouse to the bottom, right corner.

Select "Image" and "Crop to Selection" from the menu. The square edges are removed.

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