If I add text boxes and shapes to an image using Preview.app, save that image, and then close the image window, the next time that I open the image in Preview, all additions are uneditable.

In other words, all edits are made permanent upon save.

Is there a way to retain the ability to modify markup elements in Preview.app?


No, the edits are saved directly to the image.


If you convert the image to a PDF, and then edit the PDF, you can edit the additions in Preview.app, even after saving.

To save an image as a PDF, you can use:

  • FileExport As PDF...

  • FileExport...

  • FilePrintPDFSave As PDF...

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