How to quickly crop an image in Preview on Mac

By , Jan 18, 2016

Preview app

Preview is a tool that most Mac users use every day. I use it for viewing files, playing videos, and viewing images. I even use it for annotating images and making minor image edits.

One of the primary ways that I use Preview with images is when I need to crop an image to only display a specific portion. You could choose to copy and paste the portion of the image that you wish to save to a new photo, but there’s extra steps involved there that aren’t necessary.

Instead, wouldn’t it be better if you could quickly crop an image using a handy keyboard shortcut? In this brief tutorial, I’ll show you how.

Step 1: Open the image that you wish to crop in Preview

Image Crop Preview 1

Step 2: Use your mouse or trackpad to select the portion of the image that you want to keep

Image Crop Preview 2

Step 3: Press ⌘+K to crop the image (You can also use Tools → Crop in the menu bar)

Image Crop Preview 3

It’s really that simple. There’s no need to create a brand new file; just crop the original file and you’re done.

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  • kokeropie

    Thanks for the tip 🙂
    Learn something new everyday 🙂

  • Phil Gamboa

    I fought this tooth and nail the other day. Thanks for the tip! Will try this when I get home.

  • ReanimationXP

    What really annoys me is that I want a way to save something from Grab directly to a PNG. Instead the only option is TIFF, or copying it manually over to Preview to “Export”.

    Screencaps default to PNG, Preview defaults to PNG. Grab is the only thing that uses f**king TIFF.