[Mac OS X] Remove Background from photo via Preview

The easiest way to remove background from photo on a Mac. : )

1. Your Image.

Your Image

2. “Select” -> Choose “Instant Alpha”

"Select" -> Choose "Instant Alpha"

3. Just drag on the place that you want to cut. And then press “delete” button.

Just drag on the place that you want to cut. And then press "delete" button.

4. After That, Save as PNG, PDF, TIFF or GIF file. Don’t forget to check “Alpha”

After That, Save as PNG, PDF, TIFF or GIF file. Don't forget to check "Alpha"

5. Done! : )

Note: This option also can use via Keynote from iWork.

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you! This was so much simpler than trying to find a program out there!

  2. jason663 says:

    Great information! I’m still not getting everything, but it is pretty awesome and I really like it. Such a simple info but very attractive. The author and look refreshing. The blog design was emphasize better because of the huge graphics work. Thank you

    Remove Background

  3. rica says:

    But when I paste the image in my powerpoint I still have the background. How do I solve this?

  4. lsk says:

    GREAT!!!!! VERY MANY THANKS!!!!!!

  5. Andre van der Lans says:

    Hello Hassan, maybe you are using an old version of OSX but in the new one 10.8.3 the menu is different from yours.

    1. Okay guy, I’ll update the latest Preview’s UI in OS X 10.8+

  6. great work, this really solved my problem in 10 sec!

  7. This was very useful. Thanks for sharing!

  8. daviddelmonte says:

    This no longer works in Yosemite. Is there a new workaround?

      1. daviddelmonte says:

        hmm. If i could add an image, you’d see that there is no icon in the top right corner.

    1. Preview interface in OS X 10.8 (current version) is different from my blog post, I’ll update about this on this post soon.

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