How to Crop Image on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

How to Crop Image on Mac

Are you looking to crop an image on your Mac but not sure how to do it? Well, you’ve come to the right place! In this tutorial, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of cropping an image on your Mac using the built-in Preview app.

Step 1: Open the Image in Preview

To begin, locate the image file that you want to crop on your Mac and double-click it. This will open the image in the Preview app.

Step 2: Select the Crop Tool

Once the image is open in Preview, click on the “Show Markup Toolbar” button located at the top right corner of the window. This will reveal a toolbar with various editing tools.

Next, click on the “Crop” tool icon, which looks like a square with dashed lines around it. You can find it in the toolbar or press “Command + K” as a shortcut.

Step 3: Adjust the Crop Area

After selecting the Crop tool, your cursor will turn into a crosshair. Click and drag anywhere on the image to create a selection box around the area you want to keep. You can adjust this selection by clicking and dragging its edges or corners.


  • To maintain aspect ratio: Hold down the Shift key while resizing.
  • To move the selection: Click and drag inside the selection area.
  • To rotate or straighten: Move your cursor outside of the selection until it turns into a curved arrow cursor. Then click and drag to rotate or straighten the image.

Step 4: Crop the Image

Once you are satisfied with the selection, click on the “Crop” button in the toolbar or press “Command + K” to crop the image. The area outside of your selection will be removed, and you will be left with the cropped image.

Step 5: Save the Cropped Image

Finally, go to the “File” menu and select “Save” (or press “Command + S”) to save your cropped image. You can choose a new name and location for the file if desired.

Congratulations! You have successfully cropped an image on your Mac using Preview. Now you can use your newly edited image for whatever purpose you need!

Remember, with Preview’s easy-to-use tools, cropping images on your Mac is a breeze. So go ahead and give it a try!

Note: The Preview app offers many other editing features like resizing, rotating, adjusting colors, and more. Explore these options to further enhance your images.

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