How to Snip an Image on a Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Snipping an Image on a Mac: A Step-by-Step Guide

Have you ever wanted to capture just a portion of an image or screenshot on your Mac? Maybe you need to highlight a specific area or crop out unnecessary elements.

With the built-in snipping tool on Mac, you can easily accomplish this task without the need for any third-party software. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process of snipping an image on a Mac using the default snipping tool.

Step 1: Launching the Snipping Tool

To start, open the application or window that contains the image you want to snip. Then follow these steps:

  • Click on the Finder icon in your dock to open a new Finder window.
  • Navigate to the Applications folder.
  • Locate and double-click on the Screenshot app.
  • A small toolbar will appear at the bottom of your screen with various snipping options.

Step 2: Choosing a Snipping Option

The snipping tool offers four different options for capturing images:

  • Capture Entire Screen: This option allows you to capture everything displayed on your screen.
  • Capture Selected Window: Selecting this option will let you capture just one specific window, even if multiple windows are open.
  • Capture Selected Portion: This is the option we’ll focus on in this tutorial. It enables you to select and capture a specific portion of the screen.
  • Timed Screen: With this option, you can set a timer to capture an image after a specific delay. This is useful when you need to capture menus or tooltips that disappear quickly.

Step 3: Snipping the Image

Now that you’ve chosen the Capture Selected Portion option, follow these steps to snip your desired image:

  1. Click and drag your cursor to create a selection box around the portion of the image you want to capture.
  2. Release the mouse button to capture the selected portion. The snipped image will appear as a floating thumbnail in the bottom-right corner of your screen.
  3. Select the thumbnail to open it in an editing window. Here, you can add annotations, crop further, or make any necessary adjustments before saving.
  4. To save your snipped image, click on the File menu in the top-left corner of the screen and choose either Save.., Save As., or use the keyboard shortcut Command + S.

Tips and Tricks for Snipping Images on Mac

To enhance your snipping experience on Mac, here are some additional tips and tricks:

  • Crop: Once you have opened your snipped image in an editing window, use the crop tool (usually represented by a square icon) to further refine your selection.
  • Annotate: If you need to add text, shapes, or arrows to your snipped image, the editing window provides various annotation tools for this purpose.
  • Undo and Redo: Made a mistake? Don’t worry!

    You can undo any changes by clicking on the Edit menu and selecting Undo. To redo an action, choose Redo.

  • Keyboard Shortcuts: To streamline your snipping process, familiarize yourself with keyboard shortcuts such as Command + Shift + 3 for capturing the entire screen or Command + Shift + 4 for capturing a selected portion.

Congratulations! You’ve now learned how to snip an image on a Mac using the default snipping tool.

With this powerful feature at your fingertips, you can easily capture and share specific portions of images without any hassle. Happy snipping!

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