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Round the Corners of Any Digital Photo with RoundPic

Ever notice how much cooler photos look when they have rounded corners?

Unfortunately, there's no easy way to apply that effect to a snapshot -- not without installing an image-editing program. And even then, not all editors offer that feature.

You can get the job done in a flash with RoundPic, a free browser-based utility that turns square photos into rounded ones.

It works like this: choose a photo from your hard drive to upload to the service, or paste in the URL of a photo that's already online. Then click Round it! and wait a few seconds.

Presto! Rounded corners. (This works best with edge-to-edge images, as opposed to those that have white space around one or more edges.)

From there you can modify various settings, like which corner(s) should be rounded, the amount of rounding (on a scale from 1-12), the background color (assuming you know hexadecimal color codes), and the size of the newly rounded photo.

When you've tweaked everything to your liking, you can give the image a filename and click Download to save it locally.

The site is fairly cluttered with ads, but they don't get in the way. RoundPic is a decidedly handy little tool for anyone who wants curvy snapshots without all the hassles of an image editor.

Contributing Editor Rick Broida writes about business and consumer technology. Ask for help with your PC hassles at hasslefree@pcworld.com, or try the treasure trove of helpful folks in the PC World Community Forums. Sign up to have the Hassle-Free PC newsletter e-mailed to you each week.

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