Is it possible to crop multiple pages or image files in the new Mavericks Preview application just as described in this answer?

The functionality was there with Snow Leopard but disappeared in Mountain Lion.


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This is only possible when editing a pdf. It isn't possible to apply a single crop to many images that are in separate files. In order to do this, one way would be to

  1. Combine the images into a single pdf
    • Open all of them in a single window.
    • Use "Print" then "Save as pdf."
  2. Use the technique described in the other answer to crop all pages of the resultant pdf.
  3. Split the images back out into separate files using a variety of techniques, such as Automator's "Render PDF Pages as Images" function, or on the command line using ImageMagick as described here.

Note: if you're willing to use the command line, you might just want to use ImageMagick directly to crop all of the images.

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    There's already an accepted answer with instructions on how to do this, so clearly it does work -- maybe you'd like to elaborate on why you think it doesn't?
    – Ian C.
    Commented Sep 25, 2014 at 20:15
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    I accepted the answer at the time as there was nothing else around. However, the answer of Kio Dane is only applicable to a pdf file, where I asked pages or files. So Idin K's answer goes more into detail (it treats both a single pdf and a series of image files) . I'm still not on Mavericks myself so can't check it. I've unaccepted the answer to consider different answers. Commented Oct 1, 2014 at 19:00
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    This does not work. Preview only hides the "cropped" part of PDF files, but not actually crop it. After the PDF is rendered back to images, the cropped part reappears. Commented Aug 5, 2015 at 16:44


  1. Open a PDF.
  2. If not already enabled, ViewThumbnails.
  3. Select some pages (click first then select all; command+click or shift+click)
  4. Use the rectangle tool to select region on page. (On versions of OS X prior to 10.9, you should see a preview of the selection on other pages too).
  5. Select ToolsCrop (or Command+K). All your selected pages should be cropped.
  6. Save or Save As.
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    it's cropping only the first image, why is that ?
    – Ricky Levi
    Commented Dec 9, 2018 at 17:10

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