How to Crop an Image on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Do you want to know how to crop an image on your Mac? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process step by step. By the end of this article, you will be able to crop images effortlessly on your Mac using a simple and intuitive method.

Step 1: Open Preview

If you’re not already familiar with Preview, it’s a built-in application on your Mac that allows you to view and edit various file types, including images. To open Preview, simply click on the application in your Dock or search for it using Spotlight.

Step 2: Open the Image

Once you have Preview open, go to the “File” menu and select “Open”. Browse through your files and locate the image you want to crop. Click on it and then click on the “Open” button.

Step 3: Select the Crop Tool

With your image open in Preview, look for the toolbar at the top of the screen. It should display a range of tools that can be used for editing purposes.

Find and select the “Rectangular Selection” tool. You can easily identify it by its icon, which looks like a dashed rectangle.

Step 4: Crop Your Image

Now that you have selected the crop tool, click and drag over your image to create a selection box around the area you want to keep. As you drag, you’ll notice that a dimension indicator appears at the bottom right corner of your selection box, showing its width and height in pixels.

Note: If you want to maintain a specific aspect ratio while cropping (for example, if you want a square image), hold down the Shift key while dragging the selection box.

Step 5: Refine the Crop

Once you’ve created the initial selection box, you can further refine the crop by adjusting its position and size. Click and drag within the box to move it around, or click and drag on any of its edges to resize it. Preview provides dynamic guidelines that help you align your crop accurately.

Step 6: Apply the Crop

When you’re satisfied with your crop, go to the “Tools” menu and select “Crop”. Alternatively, you can press the Command + K keyboard shortcut. Your image will now be cropped according to your selection.

Bonus Tip:

If you realize that you made a mistake or want to revert back to your original image, simply go to the “Edit” menu and select “Undo Crop”. This will restore your image to its previous state before cropping.

Cropping an image on Mac is as easy as following these six simple steps in Preview. Whether you want to remove unwanted elements, focus on a specific subject, or create custom-sized images, Preview provides all the necessary tools for a hassle-free cropping experience. Give it a try and unleash your creativity!

  • Step 1: Open Preview
  • Step 2: Open the Image
  • Step 3: Select the Crop Tool
  • Step 4: Crop Your Image
  • Step 5: Refine the Crop
  • Step 6: Apply the Crop

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