How To Round The Corners Of An Image In Affinity Designer

Round the corners of an image in Affinity Designer

Affinity Designer allows you to make various types of edits to pixel-based images. One of the more common edits we’ll be focusing on in this lesson is rounding the corners of an image. In this tutorial we’ll be having a look at how you can do just that using clipping masks.

As it turns out, there is no direct way to round the corners of an image in Affinity Designer. However, there is a workaround that uses clipping masks and the Corner Tool. Let’s have a look.

Round The Corners Of An Image

The following video tutorial will walk you through the entire process of using clipping masks to round the corners of images:

Continue on for a step-by-step explanation.

Table of Contents

Step 1: Open your image and remove any layer locks

First, open your image and make sure the image’s layer isn’t locked. If it is, there will be a lock icon next to its name in the Layers menu:

Layer lock
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Just click on that icon to disable it. If there is no lock icon there then you are good to go.

Step 2: Enable snapping

Next, enable Snapping by clicking the magnet icon towards the top-right of the screen:


Step 3: Use the Rectangle Tool to create a rectangle over your image

Now let’s use the Rectangle Tool to create a rectangle in the size of the image:

Drawn rectangle
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This can be accomplished by snapping the cursor to the edges of the canvas.

Step 4: Use the rectangle as a clipping mask for the image

Bring down the Opacity of the rectangle to 0% using the Color tab:

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At this point the rectangle should be completely invisible. Now click and drag the image layer on top of the rectangle layer so that it merges into a clipping mask:

Clipping mask
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Step 5: Use the Corner Tool to round the corners of the clipping mask

All we have to do now to round the corners of the image is grab the Corner Tool (keyboard shortcut: C) and click on the layer to select it.

Once selected, you should see four nodes at the corners of each image. Click and drag over all of them to select them and then drag them in to round the corners:

Rounded corners
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Now all you have to do is export you image as a transparent PNG and you are finished!

In Conclusion

Although there is no direct way to round corners of images in Affinity Designer, the Corner Tool and Clipping Masks make it simple enough workaround.

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Nick Saporito

Hi, I'm Nick— a Philadelphia-based graphic designer with over 10 years of experience. Each year millions of users learn how to use design software to express their creativity using my tutorials here and on YouTube.

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