How to Crop Photo on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Cropping a photo on Mac is a simple and useful skill to have, especially when you want to focus on a specific subject or remove unwanted elements from an image. In this tutorial, we will explore how to crop a photo on Mac using the built-in Preview app.

Step 1: Open the Image in Preview

To begin, locate the photo you want to crop and double-click on it. The image should open in the default Preview app on your Mac.

Step 2: Select the Crop Tool

Once the image is open in Preview, click on the “Markup” toolbar at the top of the screen. This will reveal a set of editing tools. Locate and click on the “Crop” tool icon, which looks like a square with dotted lines.

Step 3: Adjust the Crop Box

After selecting the crop tool, your cursor will turn into a crosshair. Click and drag your cursor over the portion of the image you wish to keep. As you drag, you will see that a rectangular box is formed around your selected area.

Note: To maintain a specific aspect ratio while cropping, hold down Shift while dragging.

Step 4: Fine-tune Your Selection (Optional)

If necessary, you can further refine your selection by adjusting its size or position. To resize, click and drag any of the small squares located along the edges or corners of the crop box. To move it, simply click inside the box and drag it to your desired position.

Step 5: Apply and Save Your Crop

Once you are satisfied with your crop selection, press Enter on your keyboard or click the “Crop” button on the toolbar. The image will be instantly cropped according to your selection.

Step 6: Save Your Cropped Image

Finally, to save your cropped image, go to the “File” menu at the top of the screen and select “Save” or “Save As”. Choose a location on your Mac where you want to save the file, give it a name, select the desired format (such as JPEG or PNG), and click “Save”.


Cropping a photo on Mac using Preview is a quick and straightforward process. By following these steps, you can easily remove unwanted portions of an image or focus on a specific subject.

The Preview app provides basic yet handy editing tools for everyday tasks like cropping images.

Remember, practice makes perfect! So don’t hesitate to experiment with different crop selections and explore other editing features offered by Preview.

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