GIMP Rectangle Selection Tool Drawn

How to Crop an Image in GIMP

The GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is a free and open source image editing alternative to Photoshop. New users of GIMP might have a hard time finding certain editing tools like cropping. The user interface has a bit of learning curve but is easy to navigate once you learn the basics. Here’s our guide on how to crop an image in GIMP.

At a Glance

  1. Open GIMP and open an image via File > Open... (CTRL + O)
  2. Use the Rectangle Select Tool in the GIMP Toolbox and select the area you wish to crop
  3. Click the Image tab at the top of GIMP and select Crop to Selection

How to Crop in Gimp

Step 1: Open GIMP and open an image via File > Open… (CTRL + O)

GIMP File Tab Open

You can also just paste an image from the clipboard into the GIMP window or drag and drop.

Step 2: Use the Rectangle Select Tool in the GIMP Toolbox and select the area you wish to crop

GIMP Rectangle Selection Tool Drawn

Step 3: Click the Image tab at the top of GIMP and select Crop to Selection

GIMP Crop to Selection

Using the Crop Tool in GIMP

You can also crop an image using the Crop Tool in the Toolbox.

Step 1: Click the Crop Tool in the GIMP Toolbox and select the area you wish to crop

GIMP Crop Tool in Toolbox

Step 2: Hit Enter on the keyboard

Conclusion

Once you get the hang of it, basic image manipulation is extremely easy in GIMP. You can resize, rotate, add filters such as a selective blur, and more in only a few minutes.

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