How to Crop a Photo on Mac: Easy Steps

Instasize Team
July 2, 2024

How to Crop a Photo on Mac: Easy Steps

Cropping a photo on your Mac? Easy. I'll walk you through it.

Use Photos App to Crop a Photo on Mac

  1. Open Photos: Launch the Photos app from your Dock or Applications folder.
  2. Select Photo: Find and click on the photo you want to crop.
  3. Edit: Click the “Edit” button at the top right corner of the window.
  4. Crop: Select the “Crop” button (usually looks like a square with overlapping edges).
  5. Adjust: Drag the corners or sides of the grid to adjust your crop. Position it to your liking.
  6. Done: Click “Done” to save the changes.

Use Preview to Crop a Photo on Mac

  1. Open Preview: Open the photo using the Preview app (often your default viewer).
  2. Select Tool: Go to the toolbar at the top and click the “Show Markup Toolbar” button (a little pen icon).
  3. Choose Crop Tool: Click on the rectangle selection tool in the toolbar.
  4. Select Area: Click and drag to select the area you want to keep.
  5. Crop: Go to “Tools” in the menu bar, then click “Crop”.
  6. Save: Save your changes (Command + S).

Tips and Tricks for Cropping

  • Aspect Ratios: Stick to common aspect ratios for a more professional look.
  • Rule of Thirds: Align your subject along the grid lines that appear when cropping.
  • Non-Destructive Edits: Always keep an original copy of your photos.

Why Use Instasize?

Instasize takes cropping to the next level. It's not just for your Mac – it's available on iOS, Android, and Web. The Magic Fill feature can also extend, expand, and un-crop your images seamlessly. Ready to optimize and share? Instasize makes it effortless.


Can I revert a cropped photo in Photos app?

Yes, just go back to the photo and click “Revert to Original” in the Edit menu.

Can I use shortcut keys to crop in Preview?

Not exactly. You still need to select the cropping area manually, but Command + K will crop the selection.

Is Instasize free?

Instasize offers basic features for free, with premium options available for advanced tools.

So there you go. Cropping a photo on your Mac is straightforward, whether you use the Photos app or Preview. And hey, don't forget to try out Instasize for some extra magic in your edits!