How to Give an Image a Perfect Round Shape Using Word and Paint

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GT-Round-LogoIt’s frustrating that there is no option whatsoever to crop an image in round shapes on MS Paint. And I just hope that Microsoft will introduce such a feature sometime or the other. Till then we have to live with workarounds or use tools like Photoshop (that’s the best I can name). But then, we deserve an easier way out right?

Today we plan to discuss a cool trick to help us give an image a complete round shape easily using Paint and Word. It may not seem like an exact crop activity, but the result is good enough. And then you may save the resulting creation as an independent image or place it over some background. Here’s how to do that.

Steps to Crop a Round Shape Using Word and MS Paint

We are going to take help of MS Word here. The concept comes from the fact that we can insert images within a shape that we create on MS Word (or even PowerPoint).

Step 1: Open the base image from which you want to crop a circular section. Crop a rectangular section on the area that you visualize for a round crop shape. Save this crop as an independent image. Here’s the sample crop that I saved.


Step 2: Open MS Word. Navigate to Insert  tab -> Shapes and choose Oval (ellipse).


Step 3: On the MS Word canvas draw the shape with the size that you want. Hold Shift while drawing the shape; it helps to create a perfect circle.


Step 4: Keep the shape selected. Drawing Tools will get activated with a Format tab under it. Switch to Format and then choose Shape Fill -> Picture. Choose the picture that you saved in Step 1. Your picture will be inserted and contained flawlessly within the shape.


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Step 5: Right-click on the shape and select Format AutoShape. Our aim here is to remove the shape border.


Step 6: Ensure to be on the Colors and Lines tab. Under Lines section, go to Color and select No Color. Click on Ok when you are done.


Step 7: Right-click on the resulting shape and Copy it on to the clipboard. You may do a Ctrl + C as well.


Step 8: Go back to MS Paint and paste the contents of the clipboard there. You may now save the image.


If you plan to paste this over a different background (other than white) make sure that Transparent selection is on before you paste the image.



The process may be a little time consuming but it is a foolproof technique to crop a round shape on MS Paint. It may come in handy when you do not have ready accessibility to those top notch tools like Photoshop (as Paint and Word should be there by default).

Besides it is a way to give a perfect round shape to an image. What say? You may try this with other shapes as well. :) Also check out the trick we have covered on cropping and editing images using MS PowerPoint.

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  1. Natasya says:

    HI! thanks your adice is very great and helpful!

  2. Angela says:

    Thanks for this! Although, how do you make it transparent before you paste it? Thanks.

  3. Angela says:

    Thanks for posting this! Do you know if there is a way to save the picture as a circle? Even with transparent selected, it still creates a square around the picture. Thanks

    • Jon Fisher says:

      In what file type did you save the image?

      • madeeha says:

        my question is same as angela’s.i am saving image in jpeg.but it creates square around the picture.please reply.

        • Jon Fisher says:

          I think maybe this post is being understand incorrectly. You’re able to import an image into paint and overlay it on another image (removing the background). Or, you can create and save an image that’s contained within a circle.

          The idea that you can create an image with a transparent background AND save it as such is a misuse of the steps – you can either take from this article the idea of a transparent background for the purpose of overlaying in on top another picture or you can use this article to understand how to make rounded images.

    • Jayesh says:

      to save picture as a circle, first save it as it is with rectangle shape, i.e. picture in circle shape with white background which makes up the rectangle, and then use the to make that white background into transparent and then it saves the image as circle or whatever the shape you want.

    • Iva B. says:

      Or open the picture in PowerPoint, go to Color > Set transparent color > click on the square around the picture (it will make the whole white part transparent). Right click on picture > Save as picture :)

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  5. Bev says:

    Thank you so much!!! Awesome tip, I’ve always wanted to know how to do this. Thank you!! :)

  6. Sam says:

    Damn!! This was very very useful for a big project (commercial)! 😛

  7. Manoj says:

    just copy the image and paste it on power point and save it. try

  8. Pinocio says:

    Thank you soooooo much. this really really REALLY helped

  9. Alice says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! This was really helpful.

  10. Akshat says:

    Thanks a lot! It saved me much time that I would have otherwise spent fretting!

  11. Nardio Casas says:

    Thanks, I love you!

  12. Sourabh Chawla says:

    Thanks, you saved my lots of work.

  13. TO says:

    This was pure genius! Thanks!

  14. Paulina Rodríguez Abarca says:

    This is great. When I’m in a rush in power point I cut a fairly square image and the use the oval tool in format. Hope this help :)

  15. Vinod Kumar S says:

    Many thanks