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How To Make A Photo With Rounded Corners


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

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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

Have you learned something new and useful?

Your comments are welcome...

James Rodriguez on February 23, 2016:

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

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on September 11, 2014:

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

john9229 on February 21, 2013:

Downloaded GIMP to edit my photo :)

Thanks for sharing

Chazz from New York on February 01, 2013:

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.

Birthday Wishes from Here on October 03, 2012:

Very useful lens, thanks a lot!

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stemcellbuddy lm on September 14, 2012:

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

squidoogiftsfor on July 04, 2012:

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

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage from southwestern Virginia on July 02, 2012:

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

dave-sutton on June 15, 2012:

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

EnjoyLens on May 19, 2012:

amazing lens, thank you for sharing, thumbs up!

ninakreativa on May 13, 2012:

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!

JoshK47 on May 08, 2012:

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

rachelscott on May 07, 2012:

Nice tutorial, thanks for sharing with us.

inspirationz on May 05, 2012:

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

tomazg on May 03, 2012:

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

TTMall on March 20, 2012:

Beautiful and informative lens. Thanks for sharing.

anonymous on February 09, 2012:

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

vkumar05 on February 07, 2012:

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

sheezie77 on February 07, 2012:

Amazing Lens Squidlikes!

Heidi from Benson, IL on January 25, 2012:

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.

domain19 on January 16, 2012:

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

Funny_Beekeeper on December 14, 2011:

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 ;)

mockingbird999 on October 25, 2011:

Pictures do look really cute with rounded corners.

JoleneBelmain on October 22, 2011:

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

Rose Jones on October 17, 2011:

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

makeupbrush on October 04, 2011:

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

klopcic on October 04, 2011:

Great tips about editing photos! Very useful!

adamfrench on October 03, 2011:

Thumbs up, great lens

nebraska lm on September 16, 2011:

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.

Noelle and Dan on September 16, 2011:

Lots of good info about photo cropping. Thanks.

JackNimble on September 10, 2011:

Another nice instructional. Good work!

RinchenChodron on September 08, 2011:

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

Brandi from Maryland on September 06, 2011:

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

anonymous on August 28, 2011:

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

Keep up the great work.

NoobWriter LM on August 27, 2011:

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

anonymous on August 27, 2011:

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

pawpaw911 on August 26, 2011:

Very useful information. Thanks.

mellex lm from Australia on August 19, 2011:

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

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on August 05, 2011:

Nice options to make rounded corners. Love it!

anonymous on August 01, 2011:

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

anonymous on July 28, 2011:

Great and very informative lens. Thanks.

seanjennin on July 22, 2011:

good lense, thanks...

journey103 from USA on July 22, 2011:

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

pramodbisht on July 22, 2011:

ithanks fro sharing it really nice

hellowhussain on July 17, 2011:


ohcaroline on July 16, 2011:

Great tutorial. Congratulations on the purple star.

Chris-H LM on July 16, 2011:

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

Great job!

anonymous on July 07, 2011:

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

LikinTrikin LM on July 05, 2011:

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

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on July 04, 2011:

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

dogface lm on July 03, 2011:

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

deyanis from Oz on July 03, 2011:

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 (author) on July 03, 2011:

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

Kirsti A. Dyer from Northern California on July 03, 2011:

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

John Dyhouse from UK on July 03, 2011:

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

Wanda Fitzgerald from Central Florida on July 02, 2011:

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.

PippiDust (author) on July 02, 2011:

@Diana Wenzel: Thank you.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on July 02, 2011:

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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