Last updated: October 08, 2014

 

Index

  1. Introduction

  2. Quick workflow

  3. Selecting a picture to work with

  4. Making a cutout

         Rescaling picture
         Deleting a cutout

  5. Saving a cutout to a disk

         Export all

  6. Saving settings

  7. Preferences

         General settings
         Folders
         Export

  8. FAQ


 

1. Introduction: CutAround is the name of a desktop application.  You guess it right from the name.  It lets you cut out a circular area of a picture.

 

Mac software CutAround

Screenshot 1-01

 

CutAround is quite easy to use.  Just drag and drop an image file (BMP, GIF, JPEG, JPEG 2000, PDF, PNG, PSD, TIFF) onto the drop box at the top-left corner.  Then pan the picture itself so that a cutout area will be put under the circular marker.

Clicking on the Export button at the top, you now have an option of bordering a circular cutout picture with a color of your choice or not.  If you choose not to, then just set the border size to 0 with the horizontal slider.

 

Mac software CutAround

Screenshot 1-02

 

2. Quick workflow: CutAround's workflow goes as follows.

 

  1. Choose Open under File to select and open a picture to work with.  Or just drag and drop an image file onto the drop box at the top-left corner.
  2. Using the combobox at the top, set the radius, not the diameter, of a cutout size.
  3. Pan the picture itself so that the area you want to cut out will be put under the circular marker.
  4. Click on the Export button at the top.

 

3.Selecting a picture to work with: When you launch CutAround for the first time, its introduction window will appear, giving you a 10-page quick tour over how it works.  (See Screenshot 1-01.)  Use the navigation buttons on the left and right to turn pages.  If you don't need to see the quick tour next time you launch the application, simply turn on the checkbox at the bottom-left corner.

 

Mac software CutAround

Screenshot 1-01

Mac software CutAround

Screenshot 1-02

 

After you launch the application, the first thing you want to do is to select and open a picture to work with.  So choose Open under File.  And you will be prompt to select a file.  (See Screenshot 1-02.)  If you have immediate access to an image file, just drag and drop an image file onto the drop box at the top-left corner.  (See Screenshot 1-03.)  The supported image formats include BMP, GIF, JPEG, JPEG 2000, PDF, PNG, PSD, TIFF if you use the drop box.  As a result, the source picture will appear below at the original size.  (See Screenshot 1-04.)

 

Mac software CutAround

Screenshot 1-03

Mac software CutAround

Screenshot 1-04

 

4. Making a cutout : When you launched the application for the first time, you must have noticed that there's a dashed circle drawn over the display area.  This dashed circle, which always appears at the center, defines the area you want to cut out from a picture.  Now, use the combobox at the top to set the right cutout size.  (See Screenshot 1-05.)  Note that the size you set here is a radius, half the diameter of a circle.  If you set the radius to 128 px, a cutout image you save to your disk will of course have a diameter of 256 px without a border.

 

Mac software CutAround

Screenshot 1-05

Mac software CutAround

Screenshot 1-06

 

Now that you have defined the cutout circle size, just grab and pan the picture itself so that the area you want to cut out will enter the circular definition marker.  If your mouse pointer enters from the left-hand side of the main application, it will transform itself into an open hand cursor.  (See Screenshot 1-06.)  Or the mouse pointer can remain as the standard pointed arrow, depending on how it enters the display area.

The default color of the cutout marker is pink.  If it's hard to see it because of the overall picture color, then click on the color button right under the size combobox at the top.  And the system color picker window will appear.  (See Screenshot 1-07.)  So pick a color.

 

Mac software CutAround

Screenshot 1-07

Mac software CutAround

Screenshot 1-08

 

If you have managed to define a cutout area with the right size, just click on the button with scissors at the top.  And a scaled cutout picture will appear in the list to the right.  (See Screenshot 1-08.)  The number appearing on Column 2 is the radius of the cutout picture.

 

Mac software CutAround

Screenshot 1-09

Mac software CutAround

Screenshot 1-10

 

Sometimes, you may run into a case where you already know the size of a cutout area you want but where the source picture is too big for that circular definition.  For example, Screenshot 1-09 shows a case where the user has a relatively big picture (1,024 x 1,354 px) in dimensions and where the marker radius is only 200 px.  In this case, you could change the scale rate under the View menu.  (See Screenshot 1-10.)  Now, it should be much easier to put an area you want with the current circle size.  (See Screenshot 1-11.)

 

Mac software CutAround

Screenshot 1-11

Mac software CutAround

Screenshot 1-11a

 

So far, you may have one or more cutouts in the list to the right.  If you want to delete any of them, select one to delete in the list.  Then click on the - button at the bottom.  Then you will be prompted for confirmation.  (See Screenshot 1-11a.)  Click on Delete to proceed.  If you have multiple cutout pictures and want to delete them all, click on the -- button.

 

Mac software CutAround

Screenshot 1-12

 

 

5. Saving a cutout to a disk: Next, let's save a cutout picture to a disk.  If you have already created a circular cutout, select one in the list to the right.  Then click on the Export button at the top.  (See Screenshot 1-12.)

 

Mac software CutAround

Screenshot 1-13

Mac software CutAround

Screenshot 1-14

 

You now have a window sheet with three settings.  Use the top drop-down menu to select an export format, first.  Your options are BMP, GIF, JPEG, JPEG 2000, PNG, TIFF.  If you want to border the selected cutout picture, use the slider to set the border size.  (See Screenshot 1-13.)  Notice that the final image size will appear at the bottom as you move the slider handle.  If you don't want to border the selected cutout picture, just leave the slider value at 0.  And use the color button right under the size slider to choose a border color.  (See Screenshot 1-14.)  Finally, click on Next.

Next, you will be prompted to name a file.  If you have selected JPEG or JPEG 2000 as an export format, you will get to set the compression rate at this stage.  (See Screenshot 1-15.)  Finally, click on Save.

 

Mac software CutAround

Screenshot 1-15

Mac software CutAround

Screenshot 1-16

 

Screenshot 1-16 shows a case where the user has created several cutout pictures.  In this case, you could just save them all to a disk at the same time.  So choose Export All under File.  And pretty much the same window sheet will appear.  (See Screenshot 1-17.)  When you have more than one cutout picture, the preview canvas will give you a preview with the first cutout picture in the list.

 

Mac software CutAround

Screenshot 1-17

Mac software CutAround

Screenshot 1-18

 

Next, you won't get to specify a file name since you are likely to have more than one cutout picture.  So you will be prompted to select a folder or a volume to save all cutout pictures.  (See Screenshot 1-18.)  If necessary, click on the New Folder button to house all cutout pictures.  Screenshot 1-19 shows the result of saving multiple cutout pictures at a time.  CutAround will name each picture 'Picture' plus an underscore plus a number in order to avoid overwriting existing files.

 

Mac software CutAround

Screenshot 1-19

Mac software CutAround

Screenshot 1-20

 

6. Saving settings: When you work with the same circular size or the same border color, it will be nice if you can save those settings, right?  You can do so by choosing Save Settings under CutAround.  (See Screenshot 1-20.)  And the application will remember your settings even the definition marker color.  When you start up the application next time, CutAround will load your settings automatically.  You can choose Load Settings under CutAround to manually load settings at any time whenever necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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