Crop and Video Clip Tools

The Webdam crop tool makes it easy to crop and resize images – and works in tandem with the conversion options to change file type, resolution and color space – without moving the image from Webdam.

Additionally, you can also create video clips. Choose any video and create a snippet or clip of the section you want.

This article will review the following topics: 


Crop Tool

The Webdam crop tool works with JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF and BMP formats. Admins can configure which groups have the ability to crop.

Open the crop tool:

  • Click an image. Click the Download button in the actions toolbar.


  • Add preset effects using the Desired preset dropdown menu.

  • In the download option window, hover over the image and click crop_icon.png in the top-right corner. You may have to first click Show Preview, if you had created a custom preset. 


Select the crop area:

  • Adjust the crop frame by clicking and holding on any of the blue anchor points. The width and height numbers will adjust automatically.


  • Zoom in on the image by clicking . Zoom out by clicking .

  • Adjust the size of the crop frame while maintaining the aspect ratio (the proportional relationship between width and height) static by clicking the  icon.

  • Return the crop frame to the entire image by clicking the Reset button.

Download the cropped image:

  • Once you’re finished adjusting the image, click the Submit button.

  • Click Accept on the terms window, if applicable.

  • Your download will begin automatically.


Video Clip Tool

Note: This feature is currently only available in Webdam.

Open the clipping tool:

  • Click a video. Click the Download button in the actions toolbar.
  • In the download option window, hover over the video and click crop_icon.png in the top-right corner.

Create a clip:

  • To choose the length of your desired clip, either:
    • Drag the time markers to the desired start and end points, or
    • Specify the length of the desired clip in timestamp window. This will create a transparent window that you can drag to any point in the video-frame preview pane.


  • Use the Preview button to view your selected clip.
    • Should you want to adjust your selection, either move the start/stop time markers, move the entire selection window or press reset to start over completely.

Download a clip:

  • Once you have your desired clip, click Submit and accept the Terms & Conditions (if applicable) to download.
  • Your download will begin automatically. 


Video Tutorial

Watch our short video for a quick walkthrough of the cropping and clipping tools. 












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  • Comment author
    Josh Hardman

    This article says that admins can control cropping through permissions and links to the permissions how-to page. But it doesn't mention cropping on that page at all. How can I control those permissions?

  • Comment author
    Permanently deleted user

    Hi Josh, Apologies! We will get the article updated asap. In the meantime, you can control which groups may crop by going to Teams > Groups. Click the group name, then select the box next to "Crop images upon download."

    Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

  • Comment author
    Rick (admin) Hooton

    Could cropping be added to the "email download" functionality? And since it is a derivative from an original asset, would it not be possible to include a download or embed link for it?

  • Comment author
    Lisa Willis

    For crop tool, I believe the instructions are out of order. First thing you need to do is to add the desired preset effects (if not using original). Then, within that window, do the Cropping tool steps. If you do the cropping steps first, then select a preset other than "original", you will need to do the cropping tool steps again.

  • Comment author
    Permanently deleted user

    Thanks, Lisa. This has been updated.

  • Comment author
    Keith Clements

    We noticed the allowable file types to crop do not include TIFF.
    Are there any plans to include TIFF in these options in the future?
    If not, can you provide an explanation we can pass along to our users so they understand why? (we use the other file formats for a lot of our assets, but our primary asses are saved as TIFF's for print) - Thanks!

  • Comment author
    Rita Ryan

    While the crop tool works as described for images, it does not work at all for videos. I tried several formats: .mov, .mpeg, .mp4. Is this a bug or a deprecated feature?


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