I want to be able to paste an image in a new blank page in Preview.app but do not see this option in the program.

  • You can drag and drop images onto the preview app in the doc to open them in the preview app. Is it this what you are looking for? – Linus Apr 19 '16 at 8:37

This is a workaround I use that suffices since I rarely use Preview, so there may be better options than this.

Typically, when creating a new image in image editing software you'll be prompted for things such as resolution, background, etc. So I've created a bunch of default images I keep stored in a folder with descriptive filenames such as:

  • 500x500 transparent image
  • 500x500 white image
  • 500x1000 transparent image
  • and so on

On the rare occasion I have to start from scratch using Preview, I just open the image I need and do a Save As... (hold down the option as you click on the File menu, our just use the optionshiftcommandS keyboard shortcut) and I'm good to go.

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    Very complete definition of the missing function of Preview. Try to sale it to Apple 😉. – dan Jul 20 '19 at 12:15
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    Well, Preview wasn't designed originally to create images, it was more about viewing, editing and converting images and PDFs. But I agree, it really should provide this feature as it certainly complements the rest of its functions. – Monomeeth Jul 20 '19 at 21:40

When you copy an image and open the preview.app, you can press cmd n to open a new window with the content of the clipboard (File -> new from clipboard).

Alternatively you can drag and drop image(s) onto the preview.app symbol in the doc to open them in the preview.app.

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    Neither of these answer the question of how to create a new, blank image. – Glyph Jul 19 '19 at 22:39
  • Yes, but the question is how to create a blank page in order to paste an image into it. This answer shows that it's a one-step process. – benwiggy Mar 14 '20 at 9:10

If you open a png image and, once its open, do a select all under the edit menu. After select all hit the delete key. This will leave a blank page that you can add to. This will destroy you png file so be sure you have another copy of it.


This is not a direct answer about opening a new, empty Preview page for an image. However you mentioned wanting to paste an image into Preview, I'm interpreting that as wanting a typical 8.5" x 11" page, with an image pasted into it. The following will work:

  1. Double click on the image, which should open it in Preview as an image: image in preview
  2. Print the image (command-P)
  3. Save it as a PDF (lower left): OS X print dialog
  4. This generates a regular PDF file, using the page size you specified in the OS X print dialog.

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