Crop product images with GIMP

Crop product images with GIMP

With the free image editing program GIMP, a helpful tool for editing product images is also available to shop owners without Adobe Photoshop. Crop product images with GIMP is easy and with our instructions for the graphics program you can quickly achieve your desired result: a crop product image that is indistinguishable from that of a professional graphic designer.

Content: Product image cropping with GIMP


  • Use the path tool to draw a section around a product image
  • Subsequent path editing for a more accurate result
  • Select a path, copy it and save it in a new layer


Unfortunately, it is still not the rule that you get exempted product images from suppliers and manufacturers and many shop owners save the expensive investment in a Photoshop workstation, especially in the construction phase of the shop system. So sooner or later you will have to release product images without being able to use Photoshop. When searching for alternative graphic programs to crop product images, one quickly hears about the free graphic editing software GIMP. GIMP is wonderfully suited for cropping product images.

First we have to open a product image for our online shop in GIMP. To do so, press the key combination CTRL + O under Windows. Select an image that contains an object you want to crop and open it.

The image is now displayed in the workspace. To work more precisely, we press the Z key on the keyboard once to select the zoom tool. With the left mouse button pressed down, we can now select a section of the image and when we release the mouse button, the selected area is zoomed to the size of your work area.

Using the path tool to draw a section around a product image

Then we select the lasso tool in the toolbar in the upper left corner and start to draw a frame around the object to be cropped with a left click at the edge of the object. With every further left click, another anchor point is created from which you can continue working. Drag the frame around the entire object and finish your input by clicking on the first point you set. The path will now be closed and you will automatically receive a selection that corresponds to the outline of the object. This selection is represented by a small moving line.

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Subsequent path editing for more precise cropping

In order to smooth the still somewhat hard edges and thus achieve a visually better result, we click once in the menu bar on Selection and then on Hide. In the opening contact menu, one can directly confirm the preset value of 5 pixels. Our path now has clearly more selection points than before and the selection looks more rounded.

Select a path, copy it and save it in a new layer

Now press the combination CTRL + C on the keyboard and directly afterwards the key combination CTRL + V and your selected object is now in a floating selection. Right-click on the floating selection (layer window top right) and then click on to the new layer. The floating selection is now a new layer with your released object.

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Now select the old layer in the layer window and hide it by clicking on the eye symbol. You will now only see the isolated object and can save it. Select the PNG format to preserve the transparency.

So sieht das freigestellte Produktbild aus

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