This is a rather unusual question I’ve been asked. Can the crop tool in Photoshop CS5 crop a circle? Yes and No. Fact is Photoshop cannot crop a circle with the crop tool. It can however be done in any version of Photoshop via other methods. The same can be applied to other Adobe products such as Fireworks and Illustrator.
Photoshop CS5: Cropping a Circle
We do have another method available to us for cutting circles or ovals. It is the elliptical marquee tool.
First we select this tool then marquee the section out that we wish to crop.
When we are ready to crop we need to decide do we just want it on a different layer or do we wish to take it over to a new file. If we want to move it to another layer hit ctr-j to jump the cropped section to a new layer. The beauty of this is the original image is still 100% preserved in the bottom or background layer. So we wont destroy it lock it.
If we wish to move the cropped section to a new file we need to hit ctr-c to copy it (that way we don’t damage the original) and hit ctr-n for a new file. We the dialog box comes up it will automatically make the file size that as what we cut out. If you want alpha transparency set background to transparent. Now hit ctr-v to paste it dead center of the new file.
Unfortunately Photoshop CS5 like other imaging software cannot save round images. So if you want your image to remain round you will have to settle with a transparent background (so must be GIF or PNG no JPEG’s).
Hope this has been helpful. See you again next time.