Crop a picture to a specific size with Paint.Net

Crop a picture to a specific size with Paint.Net

To make an image a specific width and height, say 200 x 150, you can use a free program called Paint.Net. Paint.Net will allow you to crop the image and use a fixed ratio. This is handy for profile pictures. Google may require 1000 x 1000. The ideal Facebook profile photo size is 360 x 360 pixels. The ideal LinkedIn profile picture size is 400 x 400 pixels. 

As the YouTube video below shows, you can't just resize an image that is 2,900 x 2,400 to 360 x 360. This is why fixed ratio cropping is needed. 

Steps to crop using fixed ratio in Paint.Net

  1. Drag or open an image in Paint.Net. We are going to resize an image to 250 x 180.
  2. Click the rectangle Select in Tools. The keyboard shortcut is the letter S.
  3. Change normal to fixed ratio.
  4. Adjust the width and height and drag on your image.
  5. Select Image - Crop to Selection. The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl + Shift + X.
  6. Select Image - Resize. Make sure Maintain Aspect Ratio is checked. Type in your width and the height will be correct automatically. Click OK and File - Save As. Name the new file.

YouTube Video of Cropping an image to a specific size

Chris Menard

Chris is a Microsoft Office Master Instructor. He trains corporate clients in Microsoft Office Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook. Menard is a speaker for the Georgia Society of CPAs and the University of Georgia. When he's not training, he blogs about technology and creates training videos on YouTube. Currently, there are over 400 technology videos available on his YouTube Channel.

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