crop image in Figma

Figma is a powerful design tool that is widely used for creating user interfaces, prototypes, and graphics. One common task designers often need to perform is cropping images within their designs. Cropping allows you to focus on specific parts of an image, remove unwanted elements, and create a more polished and refined look for your designs. In this article, we will guide you through the process of cropping images in Figma.

Step 1: Open Figma and Create a New or Open an Existing Project

If you don’t have Figma installed, you can use the web version by visiting figma.com

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Step 2: Import or Select the Image

Once you are in your Figma project, you need to import the image you want to crop or select the image if it’s already in your project. To import an image, you can use the “File” menu and choose “Place Image” or  simply drag and drop the image file into your Figma canvas.

How to Crop Images in Figma

Step 3: Select the Image Layer

You can confirm that the image layer is selected by seeing a bounding box around the image. 

How to Crop Images in Figma

Step 4: Access the Crop Tool

The Editor allows you to make simple edits to an image, such as exposure, contrast, and of course, cropping the image. Double-click on the image you want to crop to open the Image Editor. You will see the editor open on the side of the workspace with several controls you can use to edit the photo. Near the top of the editor, you can change the Fill Mode, which is usually set to Fill by default but will be set to the last used setting. Click the Fill drop-down and select Crop.  

How to Crop Images in Figma

Instead, you can use the mask function to achieve the same effect. Add a shape to the page using one of the shape tools. For the mask to work, the figure must be behind the image. Once the shape is in place, select it, right-click and select Send to Back. Then right-click on the selected layers, select “Mask” from the context menu and select “Create Mask”. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + M (Windows) or Cmd + Shift + M (Mac).

How to Crop Images in Figma

Step 5: Adjust the Mask

Once you’ve created the mask, you’ll notice a new layer has been added above your image layer. This layer represents the mask. To adjust the crop, select the mask layer and use the resizing handles to modify the mask’s dimensions. You can click and drag these handles to crop the image as desired.

Step 6: Fine-Tune the Crop

To fine-tune the crop further, you can use the “Move” tool (shortcut V) to adjust the position of the image within the mask. Click and drag the image to reposition it until you achieve the desired composition.

Step 7: Finalize and Export

Once you are satisfied with the crop, you can proceed to finalize your design. If you need to export the cropped image, you can use the “Export” option in Figma to save it in the desired format.

How to Crop Images in Figma

Tips and Tricks:

  • To maintain the original aspect ratio of the image while cropping, hold down the Shift key while dragging the resizing handles.
  • If you want to revert the image to its original state, right-click on the image, go to “Mask,” and choose “Remove Mask.» 
How to Crop Images in Figma

By following these steps, you can easily crop images in Figma and enhance the visual appeal of your designs. Figma’s intuitive interface and flexible features make it a valuable tool for designers looking to create professional and polished graphics.

“Crop” images does not equal happy developers

Developers typically don’t need to crop images using a dedicated “Crop” tool in design software like Figma because image cropping is often considered a visual or aesthetic aspect of the design process. When developers work with design files created by designers, they are primarily concerned with extracting assets and implementing the functionality of the design.

Here are a few reasons why developers might not need to crop images via a dedicated “Crop” tool in Figma:

Responsibility Division: Designers and developers often follow a division of responsibilities. Designers focus on creating visually appealing and functional designs in tools like Figma, while developers focus on coding and implementing those designs. The actual cropping and editing of images are tasks more aligned with the design phase.

Design Tools vs. Development Tools: Design tools like Figma are optimized for creating and manipulating visual elements, including images. Developers, on the other hand, use programming tools and languages to implement the designs. The cropping of images can be more efficiently handled using graphic design tools rather than during the development process.

Dynamic Cropping in Code: In some cases, developers might need to handle image cropping programmatically based on specific requirements or user interactions. This dynamic cropping is often achieved using CSS (for web development) or other programming languages, allowing for flexibility and adaptability in different scenarios.

Asset Export: Designers in Figma can export assets, including cropped images, in the required formats. Developers can then use these exported assets directly in their code. Figma provides options for exporting selected layers or frames, making it easy for designers to provide developers with the necessary assets.

The collaboration between designers and developers ensures that the design vision is translated accurately into the final product, with developers having the flexibility to adapt and optimize images as needed during the implementation phase.

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