How To Crop Images and Clip Shapes

How To Crop Images and Clip Shapes

Design is a personal process, and each element within your design reflects your brand’s identity and who you are trying to reach! When using media like photographs and images in your designs, it is important to make every element your own. This may include having to crop images to suit your marketing collateral better! We’ve made this simple for you – crop and clip away!

What Is Cropping?

Cropping is a design tool used to resize and focus images to best fit your designs.

croping example
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How is the ‘crop images’ feature helpful?

  • Focus: Have you ever had to remove pesky white borders on an image you download from another website? Those borders are called negative space. Cropping the image will highlight the focal point of your media and bring attention to the composition.
  • Resize: When you crop an image using Simplified, the file size of the image also reduces! Not every image can be used in its original dimensions or file size. Cropping makes sure that your images fit well with the rest of your design.
  • Alter Composition: Let’s say that you want to use an image in your design that is currently optimized for another platform, such as background wallpaper on your laptop, like a picture of a flower or some trees. With the cropping feature, all you have to do is decide which element needs to be in the forefront and cut out the rest of the negative space!

Let’s Get Cropping on Simplified!

Follow these 4 simple steps to successfully crop images on your artboard:

Step 1: From the left sidebar menu, choose “Images”.

TIP: Want to use your own media? Copy anything from anywhere and paste on Simplified!

cropping step 1

Step 2: Click on your image to reveal a top menu! Click on the “Crop and Clip” icon.

cropping step 2

Step 3: From the sidebar on the right, choose the dimensions optimized for social media platforms and marketing channels!

cropping step 3

Step 4: Go ahead and click on the “Apply Crop” command to reveal your newly edited image!

cropping step 4

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