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How To Make a Picture a Circle in Google Slides [Easy Guide]

Tired of the usual rectangular or square-shaped images in your presentations? Why not learn how to make a picture a circle in Google Slides instead?

To crop an image into a circle, simply select the image you wish to work with and click the “mask image” icon (in a downward arrow) next to the “crop” icon. Choose the oval shape from the drop-down menu, adjust it, and press “Enter.”

An image of a person in a circle in Google Slides

 

Easy Ways to Make a Picture a Circle in Google Slides

Making a “circle crop image” can add a visually appealing touch to your presentation and enhance its overall design. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open your Google Slides presentation and navigate to the slide where you want to insert the picture.
  2. Select “Insert” > “Image” from the drop-down menu.
  3. Choose an image source from your computer, the web, your Google Drive, or your Google Photos account.
How to make a picture a circle in Google Slides—how to insert image

 

  1. Once inserted, click on the file. You should see a blue border around the image, indicating it’s selected.
Blue corner on selected image in Google Slides

 

  1. Select “Format” > “Image” > “Crop Image” from the drop-down menu. You can also click the “Crop” icon on the top toolbar.
How to crop image in Google Slides

 

  1. Alternatively, just double-click on the photo to display the cropping grips.
  2. Crop the image to a 1:1 ratio by adjusting the grips on the sides.
Cropping images in Google Slides

 

  1. Click outside the image to save your crop changes.
  2. Click the drop-down arrow (i.e., the “Mask image” option) beside the crop icon in the toolbar.
  3. From the “Shapes” menu, select the oval shape. When you click on it, your image will instantly transform into a perfect circle.
How to make a picture a circle in Google Slides

 

  1. Once you’re satisfied with the positioning, press “Enter” to finalize the circular crop.
Cropped circle image in Google Slides

 

That’s it! You’ve successfully cropped an image into a circle. Repeat these steps for any other images you want to reshape in your presentation.

How To Download a Cropped Image in Google Slides

Now that you know how to make an image circular in Google Slides, it’s time to discuss saving cropped images for future use. Unfortunately, Google Slides doesn’t offer a direct way to download images — you have to take an alternative approach.

There are three easy ways to download cropped images in Google Slides. Choose the one that suits your needs and preferred workflow.

Related: How To Download an Image From Google Docs (3 Easy Ways)

Method 1: Downloading Individual Slides as an Image

Google Slides allows you to download the current slide in order to view your presentation offline. You can download it as either a JPEG or PNG file. This will download whatever content is available on that slide, including the image.

Here’s how you can download the current slide:

  1. Click on the “File” menu.
  2. In the submenu, click on “Download.”
  3. You can choose to download the current slide as a JPEG or PNG file.
Downloading a Google Slide into JPEG or PNG image

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Download your image as a JPEG file if you intend to use it on the web. JPEG files are lighter but also loss. This means they may gradually degrade in quality if you frequently modify or edit them.
  • PNG files are lossless and support transparency, making them ideal for frequent modification (e.g., creating a logo). However, PNG files are larger in size and require more storage space.

Method 2: Save to Keep

Google Keep is a versatile note-keeping tool (similar to Microsoft OneNote) that also offers a mobile version. You can add images, create handwritten notes, and make to-do lists. In Google Slides, this feature is directly accessed by right-clicking on an image.

Note: This method is applicable only to normal and cropped images. It will not work for the circle crop image.

To save an image in Google Keep and download it to your computer:

  1. Select your image and right-click on it.
  2. Scroll down the context menu until you find “Save to Keep.”
Where to find the save to keep option in Google Slides

 

  1. The Google Keep panel will appear on the right side (as shown in the screenshot below).
  2. Right-click on the image within the Google Keep panel and choose “Save Image as.”
How to save image from save to keep menu in Google Slides

 

  1. Save the image to your preferred location on your computer (e.g., desktop) and click “Save.” This will save the image as a PNG file.
How to save PNG image to your computer

Method 3: Take a Screenshot

An image of a gray car

What you see above is a screenshot of a screenshot, also known as a “screenshot caption”!

A screenshot is the simplest way to save an image on your computer. To start, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Crop the image to the desired shape or size within Google Slides.
  2. Use the keyboard shortcut to capture a screenshot of the cropped image on your computer.
    • For Windows, you can use the “Print Screen” button or press Win + Shift + S to capture a specific area.
    • On Mac, use Command + Shift + 4.
  3. Open an image editing software or any program that allows image insertion (e.g., Microsoft Paint, Microsoft Word, email compose window).
  4. Paste the screenshot into the program.
  5. Crop or adjust the image if needed.
  6. Save the image using the image editing software’s “Save” or “Export” function.

To ensure the best quality and compatibility, we recommend selecting either JPEG or PNG formats. Refer to the screenshot below for reference:

Saving screenshot to computer PNG JPEG

Final Thoughts

Knowing how to make a picture a circle in Google Slides is just one way to make your presentation more remarkable. The next time you step up to present, unleash your creative skills and deliver the most memorable presentation your audience has ever witnessed.

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