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Oh Crop takes your photos and crops them to look like any emoji you like

Oh Crop Banner Image
Oh Crop Banner Image (Image credit: Josh Holtz)

What you need to know

  • Oh Crop is an app that takes your photos and crops them based on an emoji of your choosing.
  • Images can be cropped in the Oh Crop app and via Shortcuts.

Sometimes the best apps come out of a single need. That's the story behind Oh Crop, a new app from developer Josh Holtz that takes your photos and crops them based on an emoji of your choosing.

Holtz says that he needed a simple way to take someone's Twitter profile image and make it into a circle via a script for his newsletter. And then it all snowballed from there. Once Holtz became a parent, creating the profile images became a pain.

This process was technically working fine but it required that I always had access to my Mac for preparing and releasing issues. This was okay until I became a parent in December of 2020 🥰 Since then, a majority of my issues have been prepped, written, and released from my iPhone – as it was easier to use a phone while walking or rocking a baby than awkwardly using a computer 😛 Even though I was doing this all through my phone, I still had to remote into my Mac to run my automation scripts. I didn't like having to do that so I decided I want to move everything to iOS Shortcuts.

The result is Oh Crop.

Originally created as a simple utility app for Shortcuts to crop photos to circles, Oh Crop is now a fully featured and overengineered app that will crop a photo to look like any emoji.Want a circle? Pick the red circle emoji. Want a diamond? Pick the diamond emoji. Want a poodle? Pick the poodle emoji. The choice... is yours! Your friends will love it when you turn turn their faces into a trash can.

And that really is all there is to it. It's a cool app that you might not have known you needed, but I'm willing to bet you're going to spend the next 30 minutes playing with it. Because I know I did.

You can download Oh Crop (opens in new tab) from the App Store now. It's free with in-app purchases available. You can read more about Oh Crop's origin story on Holtz's blog, too.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.