How to Make a Square Image Into a Circle Using Fireworks


Adobe Fireworks uses the Oval Marquee tool to make circular selections on the canvas. When you convert a square image into a circle, the circular areas are retained, but its square edges are removed. Therefore, it's best to retain an original version of your image in case you want to revert to it later. Circular images allow you to view images from another perspective and switch from the rectangular or square cookie-cutter shapes you might be used to.

Things You'll Need

  • Image file
  • Click the "Open" button in the Fireworks toolbar to open the image you want to modify. Double-click the image file in the dialog box that opens.

  • Select "Modify," "Canvas" and "Image Size" from the menu or press "Ctrl" and "J" on your keyboard to open the "Image Size" dialog box. Make note of the dimension (height or width) with the smaller size under "Pixel dimensions."

  • Go to the "Bitmap" section of the "Tools" palette. Select the "Oval Marquee" tool or press "M" on your keyboard.

  • Go to the "Properties" window in the bottom pane.

  • Select "Fixed Size" from the "Style" drop-down list. Enter the dimension you noted (in Step 2) for the pixel height and width, using the same value for each.

  • Click in the center of the image, so the selection covers either the height or width.

  • Click the "Select" menu and choose "Select Inverse" to invert the selected area. Press the "Delete" key to retain the circle.

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