Cut & Crop Photos

How to Crop Photos on Mac for Free

We have all grown “photo crazy” these days thanks to growth of social media sites and technology around the globe. Talk about the likes of Instagram and those memes on Facebook and Twitter that we all love. No wonder, photo editing apps are now a norm around as everyone wants to be part of the “photo revolution”. That said, you may want to crop or edit your photos on your mac and you are perhaps wondering which apps you can use. Well, this article is just for you as we will be teaching you how to crop photos on mac for free using a number of cool options built into your mac. Start taking some notes!

How to crop photos with Photos App on Mac

For starters, you can crop and edit your photos on Mac using a Photos App for Mac. You will simply need to update your mac to any Mac OS X from Yosemite and later to use this amazing native app.

This is an app that can help you keep your photos organized while you can also edit your photos in a non-destructive fashion. As for the former, photos app for mac organizes your photos, videos, memories, favorites, people, and more in a library.

You can also do more with the photos app for mac including playing slideshows, sharing photos (via iCloud, mail and social media) and editing your photos.

Talking of editing, let’s look at some of the crop maneuvers you can do with this free photo editing app for mac.

How to Crop a Photo As a Rectangle on Your Mac

Cropping your photos using the Photos App for Mac is quite easy. Just double click on the photo you want to edit and click on Edit on the upper right corner of the app’s window. If you want to edit a photo in another folder, then you will simply need to import the photo by clicking on File>Import to open the photo. Once you have clicked on Edit, you will get a range of editing options. Make sure the crop Icon located at the left part of the editing panel is set to square or a rectangle. If it is not a rectangle or a square just click on the arrow on the arrow next to the box to toggle.

Then click on any part of your photo and you will get a rectangular or square outline-drag into expand depending on the area you want to be covered in your new photo. You can resize using the blue dots that appear at the corners and sides of your cropping outline and once you have got your area, click on the Crop button at the top of the menu and you are good to go.

How to Crop a Photo into a Circle on Your Mac

Cropping your photos into a circular shape is pretty much the same as doing in a rectangular way. The only tweak, in this case, is to select Elliptical Selection in the Crop Icon. Again, after selecting this, click on your photo drag your cursor around the photo. A crop outline will appear in a circular shape having blue dots that you can use to resize the crop area any way you want to.

How to crop photos with Preview App on Mac

Apart from using the Photo App for Mac to crop photos, you can also use the underrated Preview App to crop your photos. This tool is available for any mac users so even the earliest versions of Mac owners can use it. Let’s look at how you can crop your photos using the preview app for Mac:

Step 1: Open Your Image

The first thing you would want to do is open the image you want to edit on the preview app

Step 2: Crop Your Image

  • Start editing your image by clicking on the Editor Toolbar found on the right side of the toolbar as shown:
  • Pick the type of selection type you want, be it Rectangular Selection, Elliptical Selection, Lasso Selection or Smart Lasso.
  • Draw your desired shape on the photo then scale to fit in with the part you want to crop
  • Once you are happy with the selection, click on command+ K or simply go to Tools>Crop

Step 3: Save Your Photo

The last step is to save your photo to your desired location. Click on the File menu and choose Save or Save As. It’s that simple!

If you are editing lots of photos then you would want to use shortcuts to speed up the process. Check out how the steps get simpler with shortcuts:

Steps to Crop Images on Preview Using Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Select the image you want to edit in finder then hit Command+O. (NB: This will work of Preview is the default image app)
  • Your section tool will automatically be active so just draw the rectangle and resize to cover the area you want to crop
  • Again, just click on Command+K
  • Lastly, Save using Command+S

Steps to Crop Images Using Photos For Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

You can also simplify the process of editing photos on Photos app for Mac

  • Press on Return to open your photo in editing mode
  • Adjust the photo using cropping
  • Press on C or Command-3 to crop the photo

Wrapping Up

You do not necessarily need to go for the third party apps to crop and even apply some edits to those coveted photos on your Mac or phone. Mac already has some inbuilt photo editing apps you can take advantage of. It’s just a matter of knowing how to use them and you can start enjoying them for free!

Apr 15,2019 15:11 pm