How to Crop an Image or Remove Part of an Image
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I want to share this quick tutorial on how to crop an image in Cricut Design Space or remove part of an image. When you download any of the free svgs from my site, you may only want to use parts of the image. So today I am going to show you a few ways to remove items from a file and crop images so you can customize any files to fit your own design needs.
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How to Crop an Image to Edit the Shape
First, we are going to learn how to crop part of an image. This is useful when you want to resize an object. To do this, place an object over the design where you want to crop it. Then, select both objects together and click Slice.
**It’s important to note that you can only slice with 2 layers. If you are cropping multiple layers, keep reading as I will go over this next.
Now that your images are sliced, your design will look like this.
Remove all the extra layers that you don’t need and delete them. You have now made your object shorter.
How to Crop an Image When You Have Multiple Layers
If working with multiple images to crop, this gets a little trickier. You can weld your images together to slice them together. But, if you want your images different colors, you can’t weld them together, instead you will have to crop each layer individually.
Here are the steps to take to crop a multi-layer object in half:
1. Move the seeds aside.
2. Then, place a square on top of the watermelon where you want to cut the watermelon in half.
3. Select the square and the green watermelon rind. Click Slice.
4. Select the square and the watermelon. Click Slice.
5. Remove the sliced pieces you no longer need.
6. Place a square on top of the seeds where you want to crop.
7. Select the seeds and the square. Click Slice.
8. Remove the sliced pieces you no longer need.
9. Place the seeds back on the watermelon.
10. Group the watermelon pieces back together.
You now have 2 slices of watermelon, or you can delete one slice and you’ve cropped it in half.
How to Use Contour to Remove Part of an ImageWhen you have multiple images on the same layer and you only wish to remove some objects from the layer, you can use the Contour tool. Using this free I’m Two Sweet Birthday svg, I am going to show you how to remove the text so you can use the ice cream cone to create your own graphic with it. First, you will need to ungroup the items. To do this, select the graphic and click Ungroup.
Now that the layers are no longer grouped, click on the pink layer and click Contour.
This will open the Hide Contour window. Click on the objects you want to hide. When objects are hidden, they will turn light grey. When you are finished selecting all the items you want to remove from the image, close the window.
The word “Two” has now been removed. When you remove objects using the Contour tool, they will not cut when you send your project to “Make It.” But, you can click on contour to add the images back so they are not completely gone.
Next, repeat the steps with the green layer.
Now that you have hidden these images using the contour tool, you are left with just the ice cream cone that you can use to create your own designs.
How to Turn an Image into a Shape
You won’t usually use this trick to modify existing svg files. But, this is a cool trick so it’s worth adding in here. You can crop an image to change the size or it, but you can also crop an image to change the shape. This is great for making picture stickers or picture magnets.
1. Upload a photo.
2. Then, create a shape (like a heart) and place it over the image where you want to crop it.
3. Select both images and slice it.
4. Remove the pieces you no longer need.
Now you can cut personalized stickers or magnets!
I hope this was helpful so that you can now edit and crop images. If you enjoyed this tutorial on cropping images, then make sure to check out all of my Cricut Design Space Tutorials.