Every Mac graphic design app worth the price tag has certain common capabilities. Resize an image, for example. Adjust the color. Crop. Convert an image and export to a different file format. One somewhat less common capability is the circular photo. Taking a photo and cropping or resizing to different aspect ratios is child’s play– until you need to create a circular photo.
Most of the major Mac graphic design and photo enhancement apps can turn a standard aspect ratio photo into a circular photo, but often the effort requires a few clicks; after knowing which clicks to make.
Enter the ultimate one-trick pony app that creates circular photos on your Mac. The app is called CutAround and that’s what it does. It creates a circular cropped section from any photo.
CutAround doesn’t claim much more than the expected basics. Grab a photo, cut out a cropped section as a circle.
Options are straightforward and expected for an app that provides change from a $2 investment.
Add a border with colors. Save the settings (size) to be used on other images or photos. Define the cutout by moving the circle across the photo, and create a circle with a specific pixel number radius. Rescale the cutout’s size. Export the cutout as JPG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, BMP.
You won’t waste much time trying to figure out how to use CutAround, even though it comes with an 11-page user guide (more of a visual tour than a manual). Obviously, not everyone needs to create a circular photo, but CutAround makes the process much easier and less expensive than some of the traditional graphic design apps.
Well done. Cheap.