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I recently had to write some code to use the UIImagePickerControllerCropRect when picking or taking a photo. Looking around the web there were some pretty crazy coding examples that seemed to be unnecessarily complicated so I knocked up my own quick solution.

// ger the original image along with it's size
UIImage *image = [info objectForKey:UIImagePickerControllerOriginalImage];
CGSize size = image.size;
// crop the crop rect that the user selected
CGRect cropRect = [[info objectForKey:UIImagePickerControllerCropRect] 

// create a graphics context of the correct size    
CGContextRef context = UIGraphicsGetCurrentContext();

// correct for image orientation    
UIImageOrientation orientation = [image imageOrientation];
if(orientation == UIImageOrientationUp) {
  CGContextTranslateCTM(context, 0, size.height);
  CGContextScaleCTM(context, 1, -1);                
  cropRect = CGRectMake(cropRect.origin.x, 
} else if(orientation == UIImageOrientationRight) {
  CGContextScaleCTM(context, 1.0, -1.0);
  CGContextRotateCTM(context, -M_PI/2);
  size = CGSizeMake(size.height, size.width);
  cropRect = CGRectMake(cropRect.origin.y, 
} else if(orientation == UIImageOrientationDown) {
  CGContextTranslateCTM(context, size.width, 0);
  CGContextScaleCTM(context, -1, 1);        
  cropRect = CGRectMake(-cropRect.origin.x, 
// draw the image in the correct place
CGContextTranslateCTM(context, -cropRect.origin.x, -cropRect.origin.y);
                   CGRectMake(0,0, size.width, size.height), 
// and pull out the cropped image
UIImage *croppedImage = UIGraphicsGetImageFromCurrentImageContext();

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