I open a black & white photo (.jpg) with Preview App (Version 10.1):

B&W Dog

Then i copy and paste a colored icon:

B&W Dog with rating

But after saving the picture and open it again the color is missing:

B&W Dog with B&W rating

Preview annotations such as lines, boxes and colored text added via the Preview app are similarly saved as black and white when re-opened in Finder.

Finder and Preview tell me the image's "Color profile" is set to "Generic Gray Gamma 2.2 Profile" and the "Color space" is "Gray".

I cannot find an easy way how to save this photo (originally saved as b&w) as a color photo with the Preview App.

1 Answer 1


Instead of saving, go File > Export... and save as a new JPEG.

  • Testing in macOS 12.1, Export of a B&W image with color Preview annotations also creates a B&W file. Just like Save.
    – pkamb
    Commented Jan 28, 2023 at 6:27

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