Learn Basic Photo Editing

Now You Can Crop Image Layers The Way You Want!

By Whitney | Basic Photo Editing Photo Editor Tutorials What’s New

We here at BeFunky are always looking for ways to make your photo editing sessions as simple (yet powerful!) as possible. Our Crop tool is a crowd favorite for cropping photos, and it’s such a critical part of the photo editing process that we’ve now added the ability to crop image layers right on the background canvas! These new crop options are gonna save you tons of time when it comes to editing image layers the way you want, and we could not be more excited for you to try them out.

Watch this quick video to see the power of the image layer crop tool in action:

See what we mean? These new crop options are going to be a game changer when it comes to layer perfection! The best part is, this crop feature is available any time you add an image layer, whether you’re working on a collage, creating a design, or editing photos!

How To Use On-Canvas Crop For Image Layers

To get started with these new image layer controls, head to BeFunky’s Photo Editor and upload the image you’d like to use as your background using the Open tab at the top of the page, or simply drag-and-drop the image file into the interface.

how to upload image to BeFunky

Next, click on the Image Manager tab in the left side menu (the top icon) and upload any image(s) you’d like to use as a layer on top of your background image. Once you’re in the Image Manager, you can use the Computer button to upload images from your Computer, click the “...” button to access images on your Facebook page or BeFunky account, or click the Search Stock Images button to search over a million free stock photos to use as layers. When your images are uploaded to the Image Manager, they’ll appear as thumbnails in the Image Manager tab. To add them as a layer to your background photo, simply click on the thumbnail and select Add As Layer from the menu that appears.

how to add image layer in BeFunky

Whenever your image layer is selected, you’ll now see some white rectangles in addition to the blue circles and dashed lines surrounding it. You can click and drag the blue circles to resize the image layer, and click and drag the white rectangles to crop as you resize the layer. Dragging the white rectangles inward will crop the sides of the image layer, and dragging them outward will expand and zoom into the image layer. Dragging the top and bottom white rectangles inward will crop the top and bottom of the image layer, while dragging them outward will expand and zoom into the image layer. You can always hold the Shift key while dragging the image layer to reposition the viewpoint.

how to crop image layer in BeFunky

Pro Tip: When you drag the white rectangles, the pixel count will appear in a black box next to your cursor to show you the size of your image layer as you're cropping.

When you double-click the image layer, even more on-canvas crop options appear! You’ll see a crop target surrounding your image layer (all composed of white edges and rectangles) that you can click and drag to adjust.

crop photo layers in BeFunky

You’ll also notice a Crop Image toolbar that you can use to zoom in to the layer and reposition the crop target to your liking. Select Fit To Frame to fit the crop target within the frame of the layer, or Fit To Image to reset the crop target.  

Crop image toolbar in BeFunky Photo Editor

When you’re finished cropping your image layer, simply click outside of the image layer to crop it.

how to crop photo layers in BeFunky Photo Editor

From here, you can click and drag the layer around to reposition it, or continue using the Image Properties menu to edit it.

Final Results

Whether you want to add one image layer or one hundred, you’ll have the power to crop those layers the way you want!

how to crop photo layers in BeFunky

Another amazing feature to use when you’re working with image layers is the Cutout tool! It’s also found in the Image Properties menu, and you can use it to erase parts of your image layer right on the background canvas. Try out these new options any time you need to add image layers and be amazed!

Photo Editing, Simplified.

Photo Editing. Simplified