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how to crop a screenshot on Mac

How to Crop a Screenshot on Mac.

Need to keep what you see on your Mac screen? You can easily do this by taking a screenshot. However, you may still need to cut out some parts of the screenshot to hide sensitive information or keep only what you need.

If you don’t know where to find the cropping tool or how to crop a screenshot on Mac, you can try different methods, including using a preview app, third-party tools, and online services.

How to Crop a Screenshot on Mac Using the Cropping Tool

Usually, when you want to take a screenshot on your Mac, you have to use hotkeys or keyboard shortcuts like:

  1. After taking a screenshot, you can click on the thumbnail that appears in the lower right corner of the screen to edit the image.

  1. Then select the Crop tool.

  1. Drag the crop handles in the screenshot to highlight the area you want to keep.

  1. Select Done to save the cropped screenshot.

  1. Alternatively, you can wait for the screenshot to appear on the desktop, open it, and then drag to select the area you want to save.

  1. Then select Tools> Crop.

  1. Select File> Save to save the screenshot.

How to Use Preview to Crop a Screenshot on Mac

You can use the Preview app to easily preview image files such as JPG and PNG, various documents, and edit PDFs. The app has several editing and markup features, including a cropping tool.

If you took a screenshot or received a screenshot that cannot be opened in a photo editing application, you can use the preview to crop the image.

  1. Open the screenshot you want to crop in preview mode and click the Show Markup Toolbar button. (On Mac with Big Sur, this is a button with a pencil icon, while in other versions of macOS, it is a button with a toolbar icon.)

  1. Click and drag the screenshot to create a selection, and drag the blue dots to resize it if you want.

  1. Then select Tools> Crop to crop the screenshot.

How to Use Photos App to Crop a Screenshot on Mac

The Photos app on your Mac helps you find and organize all of your photos, but it also has intuitive, built-in editing tools that you can use to resize, crop, scale, GIF, warp, and even create collages for your photos.

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  1. Right-click the screenshot and choose Open With.

  1. Then select Photos. If you do not see Photos in the list of applications in the context menu, select Open with> Other and find “Photos” in the list of applications.

  1. Your screenshot will be imported into the Photos app.

  1. Select Edit in the upper right corner of the Photos app.

  1. Then select the Crop tab.

  1. Drag the edges and crop handles of the image to crop it.

  1. If there are any changes that you want to undo, select Revert to Original in the upper left corner.

  1. Select Done to save the cropped screenshot.

How to Crop a Screenshot on Mac Using Third-Party Tools

You can also use third-party tools like Skitch for Mac to crop screenshots on Mac. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use Skitch for Mac to crop a screenshot.

Skitch is a simple application that can easily replace your Mac’s built-in screenshot functionality. You can do basic cropping and add notes, shapes, text, arrows, and stamps to the screenshot.

  1. Download and install Skitch for Mac, click the arrow next to the Screen Snap button and choose Open Image or PDF.

  1. Select the Crop tool in the left pane, drag the crop handles to crop the image, and click Apply.

  1. Then select File> Export and save the screenshot in the desired location.

Other tools you can use include Snagit, which is one of the best cropping tools for Mac and Adobe Photoshop (see our complete guide to cropping in Photoshop).

How to Use Online Tools to Crop a Screenshot on Mac 

If you prefer not to download a third party app, you can use online tools like IMG2Go, Picresize, ResizeImage, or Cropp.me to crop the screenshot. In this guide, we are going to show you how to crop a screenshot on Mac using IMG2Go.

IMG2Go is a free online tool that allows you to safely crop, edit and convert images in several different formats.

  1. Go to the IMG2Go website, select “Choose File” to upload a screenshot from your hard drive. You can also download the image file from cloud storage or URL.

  1. Select crop options at the top of the navigation.

  1. Then select Apply to apply the changes to the preview.

  1. Click the arrow below “Save As” to select the format, file name, and quality in which you want to save the trimmed file.

  1. Select Save.

  1. Wait for the tool to finish cropping the image and then click Load to load the converted image.

Focus on What Matters

Cropping screenshots will help you cut to a more suitable size and focus on important details. Whichever method or tool you choose, you will be able to tweak your images and directly enhance key points.

Do you have a favorite way to crop screenshots on Mac? Share with us in the comments.

How to Crop a Screenshot on Mac

How to Crop a Screenshot on Mac

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