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How To Make A Photo With Rounded Corners

Updated on September 10, 2014

Let's Make Some Pretty Photos...

We can make very pretty pictures with rounded corners.

We can use children's photos or photos of our pets or any other photos. All we need is a little time. It is fun, easy and not expensive at all.

I will show you how to make a photo with rounded corners with Inkscape and Gimp. Inkscape is a vector graphics editor and Gimp, Image Manipulation Program, is free raster graphics editor. Both can be downloaded for free.

Kitten is public domain image picture by C. E. Price.

Let's Start

First we choose a photo - any photo we want in digital format - png, jpg, gif. We just import it into Inkscape.

How Inkscape Looks Like...

Working space is divided into nine major areas:

1. Menu (at the top of the window)

2. Commands Bar

3. Snap Controls Bar

4. Rulers, Guides and Grids

5. Tool Controls Bar (also called just Controls Bar)

6. Toolbox

7. Canvas

8. Color Palette

9. Status Bar

We can make photos with rounded corners with other programs too, for instance with Adobe Photoshop®, Adobe Illustrator®, Corel® PaintShop Photo or CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite...

Tool Box

Let's Resize it

When our photo is imported let us resize it. We just hold the photo in one corner and drag it into the center. In the top line we can see how photo is being resized.

Another and easier way how to resize a photo is to directly type the size in the Tool Controls bar, but we have to lock it first - width and height are both resized this way.

Let us resize photo to 400 x 270 px. After that we must resize page that we are working on too with Document Properties. Just click Fit page to selection, otherwise our photo will be very small on a large white piece of paper.

On the right size of the window in the bottom we can set zoom, which means how big or small will photo be during our work.

On the top of the photo we put a rectangle (we must press F4 and we can draw a rectangle). It means we must place it over the photo so there are two layers.

Almost Done

The corners on this rectangle are not rounded yet. We round it ourselves simply by holding the red point in the right top corner and drag it up and down.

Then we must shape it a little bit. First we must press Select tool (dart) in the Tool Box or keyboard shortcut F1 so we can shape it. The rectangle must be the same size us our photo.

We can also make a foggy impression by clicking blur on the rectangle just before we mask it. We can choose between eight types of blurs (Filters - Blurs - Noisy Blur or Fancy Blur in the Menu bar).

When we are done we select all with Ctrl+A and search for Object - Mask - Set in the Menu bar.


And our rounded photo is done. Just save it and export it and you have pretty photos with rounded corners.

We can also make a photo in a shape of a circle or a star.

How to Make It With Gimp

It is even easier to make photographies with rounded corners with Gimp. First, we must open our photo and resize it to 400 x 270 px. We do that with Image - Scale image.

After that we must add transparency with Layer - Transparency - Add Alpha Channel.

We can get rectangle shape of our photo with Select - Rounded Rectangle. But right after we select rounded rectangle we must remove corners of our photo. We do that with Select - Invert and click on all four corners and press Delete.

And that's it. All we have to do is just save it (Save as, because we don't want to replace our original photo). It is done.

And the Easiest Way is...

And there is another one, even easier way to make photos with rounded corners with Gimp.

We just open our photo, resize it with Image - Scale image, and then make rounded corners with Filters - Decor - Round Corner.

We can add shadow and background if we want.

And this is the picture we get.

Again, just save it (as jpg or png), and this is it.

3 Ways to Round Corners of Graphics in GIMP

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      James Rodriguez 

      4 years ago

      Great tutorial!! Specially you have discuss here about "Inkscape" I can fell it that it's was very important for me. Thank you for wonderful sharing

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      sukkran trichy 

      5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      your step by step instructions are clear and easily understandable. learned a new technique from you. thanks

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      7 years ago

      Downloaded GIMP to edit my photo :)

      Thanks for sharing

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      7 years ago from New York

      Great tutorial - even this luddite can follow it. Also like that you included links for other programs like Gimp etc. Blessed and featured on "Still Wing-ing it on Squidoo." Thanks for sharing your expertise.

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      Birthday Wishes 

      7 years ago from Here

      Very useful lens, thanks a lot!

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      7 years ago

      This is a brilliant lens and full of practical advice and information. One of the best I have seen for a long time, Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2. Hugs

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      poldepc lm 

      7 years ago

      hey, hello...thanks for the great information...Also thanks for squidliking my lens about Traditional sLOVEnian music

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      stemcellbuddy lm 

      7 years ago

      Fantastic! I always wondered how this was done. Will come back again to this lens when need be. - thanks

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      8 years ago

      This is realy good, I use to GIMP and this tutorial really helps me understand the tools - thank you

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 

      8 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Marvelously concise and informative lens...very well illustrated and laid out. Thanks so much!

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      8 years ago

      I have worked with gimp and they do not make things eas. Brilliant lens, I may link to some of these from my website.

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      8 years ago

      amazing lens, thank you for sharing, thumbs up!

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      8 years ago

      Thank you so much for these tips! I've been searching for these tips for such a long time and spent too much time when editing my photos in order to make their corners look rounded. Great lens!

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      8 years ago

      What wonderful work you've done on this lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel! :)

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      Cynthia Davis 

      8 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Thanks for the valuable insight on photography, I'll look into these programs.

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      8 years ago

      Nice tutorial, thanks for sharing with us.

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      8 years ago

      great tutorial - I am still getting the hang of the mask option - thank you :)

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      8 years ago

      Thank you for your instructions on how to make rounded corners. It is really helpful!

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful and informative lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago

      Super tutorial, I love the rounded corners :) *Blessed

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      8 years ago

      Very educative Lens on use of photo editors. Great share.

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      8 years ago

      Amazing Lens Squidlikes!

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      8 years ago from Benson, IL

      This is a good instructional Lens. I'm a pretty visual person so a lot of the time, I'll have to see how something works before I get the hang of it. So the pictures are definitely helpful.

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      8 years ago

      awesome lens... so detail... thanks for share...

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      8 years ago

      Very nice and detailed instructions on how to make rounded photo.

      I like it so much I will bookmark it for later! Keep up the good work ;)

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      8 years ago

      Pictures do look really cute with rounded corners.

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      8 years ago

      that is very cool! Nice lens... love to learn new things :)

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      Rose Jones 

      8 years ago

      Love it! I am going to show it to my photographer son - although I don't know if he wants to make "pretty" photos.

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      8 years ago

      Learn something new. I wish I could be more computer savvy. Great information!

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      8 years ago

      Great tips about editing photos! Very useful!

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      8 years ago

      Thumbs up, great lens

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      nebraska lm 

      8 years ago

      Been a long time user of Gimp as well as Photoshop...will have to look into Inkscape as I do a lot of video tutorials and an easy to use free graphics program that I can recommend is always needed. Thaanks for the tips.

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      Noelle and Dan 

      8 years ago

      Lots of good info about photo cropping. Thanks.

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      8 years ago

      Another nice instructional. Good work!

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      8 years ago

      I'm bookmarking this lens! Lots of good info here! Well done.

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      8 years ago from Maryland

      I'm going to have to try this out...thanks for the great tutorial! :)

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      8 years ago

      Thank you so much for creating this lens, I can see where this can be very beneficial for me.

      Keep up the great work.

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      NoobWriter LM 

      8 years ago

      Wow......very nice tutorial. Its good to learn these things even though you don't use it.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for the information, I would certainly want to try.

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      8 years ago

      Very useful information. Thanks.

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      mellex lm 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Super informative lens - Really liked all the screenshots - Makes it so easy to follow!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      8 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Nice options to make rounded corners. Love it!

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      8 years ago

      A very fun and easy to follow along tutorial and os well done!

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      8 years ago

      Great and very informative lens. Thanks.

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      8 years ago

      good lense, thanks...

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      8 years ago from USA

      Very nice work, great lens - well deserving of purple star!!

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      8 years ago

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      8 years ago

      Great tutorial. Congratulations on the purple star.

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      Chris-H LM 

      8 years ago

      You create great, tightly focussed lenses. No wonder you won a purple star :p

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      9 years ago

      Great step by step for two products I've not heard of. Love my Paint ShopPro but will check these out :) Thanks :)

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      LikinTrikin LM 

      9 years ago

      Awesome step by step. I've never heard of either program but will definitely be checking them out. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      sukkran trichy 

      9 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      awesome lens. your step by step instructions are very informative and useful. well presented lens. ~blessed~

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      dogface lm 

      9 years ago

      To be honest, I find these ways quite complicated (excluding the last one). Nonetheless, nice lens. :P

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      9 years ago from Oz

      What a great tutorial with step-by-step screenshots instructions. Honestly, this is the first time I've heard about Inkscape & Gimp; it looks easier than using Photoshop =)

    • PippiDust profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      @HealthfulMD: It depends what are you doing. In this case, photo with rounded corners, I think that Gimp is easier to use.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      9 years ago from Northern California

      Excellent tutorial. I hadn't heard of Inkscape. Which do you find easier to use?

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      John Dyhouse 

      9 years ago from UK

      Useful tutorial, there are now several fully functioning image editors on-line and these can save the bother of downloading and setting up yet another piece of software

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 

      9 years ago from Central Florida

      I have Photoshop Elements and have a hard time using it. I think this may help. But it's still hard. I need a class. Thanks for the walk through.

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      9 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      9 years ago from Colorado

      Very nice use of screenshots. I like step-by-step "how to" lenses. I also like the look of photos with rounded corners. Thanks for the tutorial. :-)


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