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How to Crop A Photo on Mac/MacBook?

Updated on Wednesday, January 25, 2023

iBoysoft author Eudora Liu

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Eudora Liu
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Jessica Shee

How to Crop A Photo on Mac/MacBook?

Summary: Have you ever tried to crop a photo on your Mac/MacBook? This post is the best tutorial to help you learn how to crop a photo on Mac/MacBook by using Preview, Photo, and Quick Look.

How to Crop A Photo on Mac

Why do you need to crop photos on Mac/MacBook? Maybe you want to crop something in the background, crop someone who obscures the scenery in your photos or crop the redundant photos.

And crop photos on Mac/MacBook will be easier than crop photos on a little screen like iPhone. Besides, you don't need to install any other applications but the built-in apps on Mac/MacBook.

Now, keep reading and learn how to crop a photo on Mac/MacBook.

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Crop photos on Mac/MacBook

You can crop a photo to improve its composition or eliminate unwanted partitions. And you can crop a photo to a preset or custom aspect ratio, and you can constrain the photo to its original aspect ratio. 

Here will introduce three built-in apps for how to crop photos on Mac/MacBook.

Crop photos in Preview

Preview is a default application to preview the photos on Mac/MacBook. So, you can use it to edit photos on your Mac/MacBook, which certainly includes cropping photos.

How to crop a photo in Preview on Mac/MacBook:

  1. Open the photo in Preview.
  2. Click and drag the mouse to select a section that you want to crop.
  3. Click Tools in the menu at the left-upper of the screen.
  4. Choose Crop
    How to crop a photo in Preview on Mac or MacBook

Or you can press Command + K after you select the section you want to crop.

If you don't satisfy with the cropped photo, click Edit in the menu at the left-upper of the screen, then click Undo Crop, and you can crop the photo again.

How to Undo Crop in Preview on Mac or MacBook

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Crop photos in Photo

If you want to crop photos from other devices and use iCloud to share the cropped photos with all devices, you can use Photo to crop photos.

How to crop a photo in Photo on Mac/MacBook:

  1. Open Photo and double-click the photo.
  2. Click Edit at the right corner of the window.
  3. Click Crop in the upper menu.
  4. Drag the frame to crop the photo. (Or you can customize the size in the right sidebar.)
    How to crop a photo in Photo on Mac or MacBook

If you want to save the cropped photo, click Done at the right corner of the window. Or else, if you don't want to save anything you changed, click Revert to Orginal at the left corner of the window.

Crop photos in Quick Look

Quick Look, released with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, enables you to preview files, photos, and other items. Like Preview and you can follow the below steps to crop photos on Mac/MacBook.

  1. Right-click the photo and choose Quick Look in the pop-up menu.
  2. Click Crop in the upper toolbar.
  3. Drag the frame to select the section you want to crop.
    How to crop a photo in Quick Look on Mac or MacBook

If you satisfy with the cropped photo, click Done; if not, click Revert which won't save anything you changed.

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FAQ about how to crop a photo on Mac

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It's in the left upper menu. Click Tools in it, and you'll see Crop in the pop-up menu.

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The Crop menu item is grayed out unless you have made a selection to which you can crop.