Crop Photos into Shapes
with Photoshop Elements

You can crop photos into shapes with Photoshop Elements. See how to put your photos into different shapes like hearts, circles, stars, etc.

It's easy to do using a tool called the Cookie Cutter tool.

Click on the video below to see exactly what to do. Under the video is a quick step-by-step outline for your reference.

How To Crop Photos Into Shapes
With Photoshop Elements

STEP ONE- Duplicate The Background Layer.

Make an exact duplicate of the Background Layer by pressing Command-J on a Mac or Control-J if you're using a Windows PC.

You can see the new Layer in the Layers Panel. It's named "Layer 1" by default.

STEP TWO- Make The Cookie Cutter Tool Active.

Beginning in PS Elements 12 the Cookie Cutter Tool shares the same spot in the Toolbox with the Crop Tool. It's at the top of the Modify Section.

In PS Elements 11 and older the Cookie Cutter has its own place in the Toolbox (it's located right below the Crop Tool).

If you don't see the Cookie Cutter in the Toolbox, click on the Crop Tool. Then go down to the Tool Options and click on the Cookie Cutter down there to make it the active tool.

The Crop Tool in the Toolbox
The Cookie Cutter Tool in the Tool Options

STEP THREE- Choose The Shape That You Want To Use.

Click on the thumbnail of the shape in the Tool Options. The Preview below shows a heart, but you might see a different shape there.

Thumbnail of the shape

When you click on the shape thumbnail, the Shapes Preview box pops up.

The Shapes field at the top of the Preview Box

Click inside the "Shapes" field at the top and you'll see a list of all the different Shape Groups appear.

A List of different Shape Groups

Choose the group that you want to use from the list by double-clicking on it in the list.

If you want to see all of the available shapes, choose the option at the top of the list which is named "All Elements Shapes".

To see all the shapes from whichever group you choose, use the scroll bar on the right side of the preview window.

Click-and-drag the Scrollbar on the right side to see all the shapes in your set

STEP FOUR- Click-And-Drag Your Shape Over Your Photo.

Make sure that the duplicate Layer you made in Step One is the active Layer.

Press, hold, and drag with your mouse over your photo in the Active Image Area.

Dragging a Shape Diagonally in the Active Image Area

STEP FIVE- Adjust The Shape.

You can adjust your shape how you want it by using the bounding box that automatically appears after you drag your shape over your photo.

It works exactly the same as "Free Transform". You can resize, move, and rotate the shape.

When you're happy with the adjustments click on the green check mark to accept.

That completes this tutorial on how to crop photos into shapes with Photoshop Elements.

Until next time, this is Rick saying . . . Take care!

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