5 ways to save an image from a webpage in Safari on Mac

If you need an image for a school essay, article, or research paper – or just for your personal use – you have a few options to save it from Safari if you find one online.

Before we show you these options, it’s important to note limitations when downloading images from the web. Just because you find a picture, doesn’t mean you are allowed to use it for the purpose you intend. For more on this topic, Search Engine Journal has a handy guide to using online images legally that you can review.

Now, it’s time to get to work. You can download an image to a folder, the Photos app on Mac, your desktop, or as your desktop background. You can also simply copy and image and paste it where you need it. Here’s how to save an image from a webpage in Safari using all of these options.

Save image from a webpage using Safari on Mac

1. Save an image to a folder

Probably the most common way to save an image you find online is to download it to a folder. And your Downloads folder is the most obvious choice. But you can also download an image to another folder on your Mac.

1) Right-click on the image or hold your Control key as you click it.

2) In the shortcut menu, you can then choose either Save Image to “Downloads” or Save Image As….

Safari Save Image to Folder Mac

If you select Downloads, the image will pop into your Downloads folder. Click Go > Downloads from your Finder menu bar to open it easily.

If you select Save Image As, you can choose the folder for the image. Plus, you can change the name and add tags using this option.

Safari Save As Image to Folder Mac

2. Save an image to Photos

Maybe you want to download the image to the Photos app on your Mac.

Right-click on the image or hold your Control key as you click it. Choose Add Image to Photos.

Safari Save Image to Photos Mac

You can then open the Photos app and your image should be in the Photos area.

Safari Saved Image in Photos Mac

3. Save an image as your desktop background

If you find an image that you simply want to turn into the wallpaper for Mac, this is an option too.

Right-click on the image or hold your Control key as you click it. Choose Use Image as Desktop Picture.

Safari Save Image as Background Mac

Depending on the size and resolution of the image, it may or may not look great as your background as-is. You can go to System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver to choose a different option like Fit to Screen, Center, or Tile for a different look.

Safari Save Image as Background Tile Mac
Saved image from Safari as Tile background on Mac

Alternatively, save the image to a folder using the first set of instructions above. Then you can use your image editor to make the necessary changes, so the image looks good as your desktop picture.

4. Copy the image

Maybe you don’t necessarily want to save the image but prefer to just copy it and paste it where you need it.

Right-click on the image or hold your Control key as you click it. Choose Copy Image.

Safari Copy Image Mac

The image will then be on your clipboard, so you can open the app or document where you want it and just paste it in.

Safari Copy Image to NotesMac

5. Drag an image to save it

You might not realize it, but you can drag an image to your desktop and save it there.

Safari Save Image to Desktop Mac

It will appear as an icon, and you can then open it or move it elsewhere if needed. This is a handy tip to remember if you’re in a hurry and just want to be sure to grab the image when you see it.

Safari Saved Image on Desktop Mac

It’s nice that you have options for saving an image you see online. Depending on what you intend to do with the image, use whichever method makes the most sense at the time.

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