How to Crop JPG on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Cropping an image is a common task that many people need to do on their Mac. Whether you want to remove unwanted parts of a photo or resize it for a specific purpose, knowing how to crop a JPG on Mac can be incredibly useful.

Using Preview to Crop JPG on Mac

One of the easiest ways to crop a JPG on Mac is by using the built-in Preview app. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Step 1: Open the JPG image in Preview by double-clicking on it.
  • Step 2: Click on the “Show Markup Toolbar” button in the top-right corner of the window. It looks like a toolbox.
  • Step 3: In the toolbar, click on the “Selection” tool.

    It looks like a rectangle with dotted lines.

  • Step 4: Click and drag your mouse over the area you want to crop. You’ll see that a rectangle is formed around your selection.
  • Step 5: Once you’re satisfied with your selection, go to the “Tools” menu and choose “Crop”. Alternatively, you can press Command + K as a shortcut.

This will crop your JPG image according to your selection, removing everything outside of it. If you’re not happy with the result, don’t worry – Preview allows you to undo and redo actions easily using the Edit menu or keyboard shortcuts.

Cropping with Command Line Tools

If you prefer using command line tools, there are options available for cropping images as well. One such tool is ImageMagick, which can be installed via Homebrew.

To crop a JPG using ImageMagick, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Open Terminal on your Mac.
  2. Step 2: Install ImageMagick by running the command: brew install imagemagick
  3. Step 3: Navigate to the directory where your JPG file is located using the cd command.
  4. Step 4: Once in the correct directory, run the following command to crop the image: convert input.jpg -crop WxH+X+Y output.jpg

Note that you need to replace “input.jpg” with the name of your JPG file, and “WxH+X+Y” with the desired dimensions and coordinates for cropping. This may require some trial and error to get the perfect crop.

In Conclusion

Cropping a JPG on Mac is a straightforward process, whether you choose to use Preview or command line tools like ImageMagick. With these methods at your disposal, you can easily edit and manipulate your images to suit your needs.

Remember to practice caution when cropping photos, as irreversible changes can be made if not done carefully. Happy cropping!

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