How to Crop in Preview in Mac OS X

March 3, 2024
David Sunnyside

While dedicated image editing software like Photoshop and Pixelmator offer a wider range of features, the built-in Apple apps on macOS also have their own tools that can be just as useful. One of these is the ability to crop images or PDF files. While this may seem like a simple task, there are some troublesome issues that can occur. This article will explore how to resolve these problems and get your images or PDFs cropped quickly and easily.

To crop an image or PDF file in preview, start by opening the file in the app. You can do this by double-clicking the file or selecting it and choosing Open With from the menu. Once the file is opened, click the Show Markup Toolbar button (if it isn’t already) and then the Rectangular Selection tool. Draw a rectangle over the part of the image or PDF that you want to keep and then drag the corners or edges to adjust it. Once you’re happy with the selection, click Crop. This will remove everything outside of the selected area and leave you with a clean, trimmed file.

This is a quick and easy way to resize your images or PDF files in a matter of seconds. It’s perfect for people who aren’t comfortable using more advanced photo-editing programs or simply don’t have the time to spend learning how to use them. For more detailed cropping options, however, check out CapCut, a user-friendly web tool that offers precise controls and various aspect ratio options to make it easier than ever to get the perfect shot.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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