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Crop, resize and extend images

Bynder has a native crop tool built into the asset detail view.  With this tool, users can crop or resize assets, convert them to either JPG or PNG, and download the new custom cropped files to their desktop or save them as derivatives or net new assets. If your users are constantly asking for images in slightly different sizes, allow them to resize images themselves, without Photoshop, saving your designers’ time.

To configure presets of cropped or resized images, see the Dynamic Asset Transformation module or Derivatives.

How to enable the Crop & Resize tool for clients?

  1. Go to Settings > Bynder superadmin> Edit current account and enable the setting crop to activate this feature for the portal.

  2. (Optional) if users also should be able to extend the canvas, enable the crop- canvas feature as well

  3. Click the Save button to save changes

Who can crop assets?

Users with the following permissions can crop assets:

  • Crop assets & Download original assets: Users will be able to use the crop tool and download their cropped asset. Both of these permissions must be enabled in order for users to crop assets.

  • Crop assets & Upload assets: Users will be able to save crops as derivatives or net new assets if both permissions are enabled.

  • Crop assets, Upload assets, & Edit assets: Users with all three permissions will be able to add the cropped asset as a new version available for download. Learn more about versions here.

Crop assets

The crop tool can be used to reduce the image size, not to enlarge images. The max size available is the “original” pixel dimensions of the asset.

  1. Navigate to the asset detail view of the asset you want to crop.

  2. Click Crop or Crop / Extend canvas in the Info tab on the right hand side. A crop grid will appear on the image.

  3. Drag the blue dot anchors on the corners of the grid to set the area for the crop.

  4. Name: You can insert a custom name for your crop in the Name field. This is helpful if you are saving the crop as an extra version or a new asset. If you do not enter a Name, the file will be named by the cropped dimensions.

  5. Constrain: If you would like to set the shape of the crop grid into a particular aspect ratio, check the box next to Constrain. Then, select one of the available crop templates dropdown (original, landscape, portrait, or square). Once checked, you can only resize the crop grid, and changing the shape of this grid will no longer be possible.

  6. Output DPI: Select the desired DPI value for the cropped image in the Output DPI.

    • DPI (dots per inch) is a ratio that does not affect file size or the number of pixels in an image. 72 or 150 DPI are common selections for web use, and 300 DPI is the standard for print.

  7. Dimensions: Rather than manually updating the crop grid, you can also crop the image by entering your desired height or width into the Dimensions field. You will see the crop grid on the image conform to the pixel dimensions you entered.

    • By default, the dimensions field is locked to maintain the original aspect ratio.  If you click.crop_lock_icon.pngto unlock the aspect ratio, you can customize both the height and the width.

  8. Image size: To resize an image, check the box next to Image size. The current dimensions of the image will appear in the height and width boxes to the right. Enter a lower number for either your desired height or width. The other dimension will automatically adjust to maintain the aspect ratio.

    • Tip: You can also both crop and resize by entering a smaller image size after you have set the crop grid. The preview on the left will change to reflect your cropped area only.

  9. Canvas size: To extend the canvas, check the box next to Canvas size. The current dimensions of the image will appear in the height and width boxes to the right. Enter a larger number for either the height or width. By default, the canvas size field is locked to maintain the original aspect ratio, so the other dimension with automatically adjust to maintain the aspect ratio. If you click.crop_lock_icon.pngto unlock the aspect ratio, you can customize both the height and the width of the extended canvas.

    • Use the Anchor arrow buttons to position your image within the new canvas, and the dot in the middle to center it again.

    • By default the empty canvas will be filled up with white space, but by checking Transparent background, you can make the extended background transparent (Note: this does not apply to the original asset, only the extended background around it).

    • If you want a different background color than the default white, you can set the preferred color in the Background color field. Enter a hex code, or click the color field square to choose from a color wheel picker.

  10. Format: Select the file format for the crop in the Format field. The options are JPEG or PNG only.

    • Note: If you have chosen a transparent background for the canvas, you will only be able to select PNG.

  11. Quality: If you select JPEG for the Format, select the desired output image quality from the Quality dropdown:

    • Low = 10

    • Medium = 30

    • High = 60

    • Very High = 80

    • Maximum = 100


    JPEG files trade quality for compression. A low-quality image results in a smaller JPEG file, while a high-quality image generates a relatively large file. This is different from lossless image formats, such as PNG, where the quality never degrades.

  12. Save as: Select one of the following:

    • Extra version: To save the crop as a new version, which will appear at the bottom of the asset detail view as a downloadable derivative.

    • New asset: To save the crop as a new asset in the portal.


      Because this option generates a completely new asset, the original asset metadata is not carried over to the new asset

    • Download: To download the cropped image to your desktop.

    • Note: You will only see the options that you have permission to.

  13. Click Crop Image to finalize your crop. You will need to refresh the asset detail page to see the crop version.

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