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Can macOS add a torn edge to images in clipboard?

I'd like to be able to add torn edges to images in the clipboard on my Mac. I do a lot of documentation and having the ability to add a torn edge around a screen shot helps the people that try to ...
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Using Imagemagick commands in Automator with passed images

I am trying to make a workflow in Automator that takes video screenshots and ideally at the end montages them into one image. I have the video shot working, and is saving into a timestamped folder, so ...
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Lossless HEIC images

I googled whether HEIC images are lossless or lossy, and whereas some articles and forum threads insist HEIC images are lossy, other insist that HEIC supports both lossy and lossless compression, &...
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How do I add text beneath an image in Preview?

I'm using Preview on OS Big Sur. I would like to create a new image using a PNG file from my Desktop and having some text beneath it. I opened my PNG file, selected the markup tool, and then clicked ...
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Saving a file in Preview.app so it keeps annotations "live" [duplicate]

When I edit an (e.g.) PNG file in Preview.app, I can make text annotations, draw arrows, etc. I find this very useful, like a quick and free mini-Photoshop. Of course, when I save the file back to ...
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How do you get text from an image to the clipboard on macOS?

On iOS, copy/pasting text found in an image (e.g. a photo or screenshot) is as simple as double-tapping on the text in an image, and selecting "Copy". How can I do this on macOS, for example,...
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Facebook 360 photo won't work, shows small wide image

I am trying to upload panoramic images via iPhone app to Facebook, but it just uploads them as a small, very wide image instead of an interactive panoramic photo. How can this be fixed?
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HEIC to JPEG from say quick actions right click

I would want to right click on HEIC file and be presented with options to save as JPEG; maybe a quick action?
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Resize image(s) in CleanShot X

For all the CleanShot X fans, do you know if they can also resize an image?
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How to combine 4 images into a grid?

This old question asked how to combine 2 images into a single image side by side. I want to do something different - combine 4 images into a grid. So I have 4 png files, all the same size +----------+ ...
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Chrome doesn't always add file extension to downloaded images

When I download an image using Chrome or Chrome Canary, the saved file sometimes (not always) lacks an extension. For example, I can reproduce it with this image: https://external-content.duckduckgo....
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Run Pixelmator ML Super Resolution on multiple images from terminal?

Have about 1000 images with the size of 480x320px, and they are very poor quality. I tried the Pixelmator ML Super Resolution to increase the quality (1440x960) and it seems to perform well! So I ...
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Images are saving as .jpeg instead of .jpg on Chrome

I've got my Google Chrome profile synced between my windows 10 machine and my MacOS 12.4 machine. When I save a JPG formatted image from the internet, be it from a photo editing app, exporting from ...
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Any way to lighten the background of a JPG using Preview?

I'm on Mac OS Big Sur. Someone has sent me a picture of a printed page they took with their phone (JPG format) and when I open it in preview the background appears a little dark Anything I can do in ...
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Does redacting images in Preview using opaque shapes remove the original data from the resulting image file?

The Preview application has a Markup toolbar, which allows drawing over the top of an image. I was thinking about the possibility of using this feature to draw opaque shapes to redact sensitive ...
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How do I save a black & white picture to a 1-bit image file?

I need a 1-bit image file to print on a laser engraver. I used to have quite a few graphics applications that could save 1-bit black & white TIFF files. I've owned Macs since 1987. However most of ...
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How do you use the open verb in Image Events using AppleScript?

According to the dictionary for Image Events, the open verb is supposed to return a document object. This is also how it's used in multiple online examples. However, when I try to use it, the script ...
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How to adjust vertical & horizontal perspective for photos on Mac OS (like on iOS)?

In Apple's Photo app on my iPhone, I can straighten and adjust vertical & horizontal perspective for photos as shown in my image below and also described on this page. But in Apple's Photo app on ...
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Good alternative to Adobe Photoshop

Adobe products have always been the bane of my Mac existence, and lately they seem to have gotten even worse (notably running multiple processes in the background constantly accessing my keychain and ...
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Can a Mac app set the desktop image?

Been googling this and can't find anything. Can an app set the Mac Desktop image? Like you create a fun cute image in the app, then it asks you 'Do you want to set this as your desktop image?' If you ...
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How do I display an image at a particular size (in mm)?

I’m trying to use my iPhone as a light source and a digital negative to make analog prints. For example, the Paper Exposer app generates a light source that when placed behind a 35mm strip of film and ...
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In Preview, what properties are the top three level sliders?

What am I actually adjusting when I move around these three sliders in the "Adjust Color" setting?
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What is the native program OSX load to edit the screenshots?

When creating a screenshot with Cmd+Shift+3 or Cmd+Shift+4, a smaller version of the screenshot image appears at the corner of the screen. When clicking the image, the full-sized screenshot image pop ...
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Adjust the opacity/transparency of an image on macOS

I thought I'd be able to do this with the built-in Preview app, but I can't find a way to do that. I have an image I'd like to reduce the opacity to 50%. Can anyone advise if there's a way to do this ...
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Does Preview do something when copying bitmaps?

I had a jpg with text where I needed to exchange two words. My plan was to just copy the two words, apply a white rectangle on top of the original words to "erase" them and then paste the ...
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Live preview of changing image file

I'm looking for a software recommendation that will allow me to view an image file that changes frequently, that ideally updates the display within 1 second after the file changes on disk. Why? I'm ...
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How to export multi page pdf into multi page JPEG in preview?

I have a pdf document with 5 pages. I would like to export it in JPEG format (or any image format). But if I hit File->export->export as JPEG, it only saves the first page of the pdf document as a ...
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Very large (out of core) image viewer for Mac?

(Yes, I've seen this question, but what that poster considered "truly massive" is pretty ordinary now.) Can anyone suggest an image viewer on the Mac, OSS or commercial, that is capable of ...
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Invert color in Preview

I used command+option+control+8 to invert the colors on an image. When I open the image in Preview then try to print it, the image does not print with the colors inverted. Is there another way for ...
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I need to swap a colour with transparency

I have an image and I would like to be able to make white transparent, is this possible using Preview in Mac OSX Catalina?
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Inkscape like tool in Mac with latex rendering capabilities

I'm looking for some Inkscape "like" application for MacOS where you can insert latex text/symbols and modify your figures to some extent. Inkscape with Xquartz is not working out for me.
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How to change text transparency in the Mac preview?

This text is the watermark I want to add. Just wondering how to change its transparency.
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Proper save format for preview for editable pictures

Suppose you edit a picture in Preview and added new elements such as text. In what format should you save the file if you want to resume editing the added elements, like changing the font of the text ...
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Saved images from Photoshop do not show up in folders until restart

I have a problem saving images from Photoshop CC. I usually shoot Camera Raw images, edit them and save them as JPEGs. Photoshop seems to save images normally - it takes about 2 seconds to complete ...
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Why does macOS Preview show different sizes before/after resize?

An image saved locally on my MacBook Pro (macOS Mojave 10.14.3) has a size of 4.4 MB, as you can see in the screenshot below: 4.4 MB is the original size of the image, which has a resolution of ...
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OSX Software to use for Photo Collage in a large poster size

I need a very large poster of pictures of kids collage. Here is a sample I'm not a graphic designer and so I'm not necessarily very familiar with the Vector design tools that people often use to ...
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Android JPG images not opening in Photoshop

I have problems opening JPG files sent by Android smartphones. In Photoshop it says that i's impossibile to open the image since it lacks SOFn, DQT or DHT marker before JPEG SOS marker. In Lightroom ...
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Generating a mask png from a color image?

Apple requires certain icons to be monochrome masks with transparency in png file format. How (on macOS, using a built-in app, such as Preview, or an app in the App store, such as Pixelmator) can I ...
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Disable auto-save in Preview (only Preview): Mojave edition

This has been asked before, on earlier OS versions, but doesn't seem to have gained satisfactory answers. I'm looking for a way to disable auto-save in Preview (only). Background: In OS X Lion, ...
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How to invert colors of a picture on Mac?

How do I invert the colors of an image? I'm using macOS 10.13 and I wish to use built-in Apple software or freeware.
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How can I preview an image in its original size?

I have 2 images in a directory and I see from the Get Info that one has Dimensions: 532 × 1051 and size 45KB on disk. The other based on the Get Info has Dimensions: 1440 × 2900 and size 379KB on disk....
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How do I disable Mojave's Finder quick actions for images?

I have a few folders with a large number of images that I typically sort by modification date. Sometimes I'll accidentally trigger one of Mojave's new Quick Actions, such as rotating the image. This ...
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How can I center a PNG with a transparent background using the CLI?

I'd like to come up with a technique for properly posting images on this site on my Macbook using a CLI tool to do the conversion. This is a sample image that I'd like to make it so that the image is ...
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Can I use Preview to make this GIF file size smaller?

Here is a 2.6 MB GIF that I would like to post in a Stack Exchange question. That means it needs to be under 2 MB or 2 MiB (I can't remember which). https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/...
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Annotation/Highlight doesn't work in Apple Preview

I have a screenshot. I want to highlight some parts of it. The highlight icon is disabled; the Tools > Annotate > Highlight Text is greyed out. Why? And how can I highlight easily on my ...
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How to merge multiple image files into one pdf file with page and its original size for every image?

I have some images and I need to print it to ONE pdf file with size of pages as size of its images. How can I do that? In other words I would like to achieve sth like this: Read rectangle is a pdf ...
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How can I save a bmp (bitmap) image file at 16bpp?

I need to save an image as Windows Bitmap BMP A1R5G5B5 16bpp. Source files are 32bpp image files (PNG and/or Windows Bitmap). Preview saves bmp images at 32 bits per pixel (bpp). XnConvert saves bmp ...
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Looking for a very simple image viewer for usage of viewing graphic design previews

Ive been looking for a program, that I can use to preview design outputs. On windows Photofiltre used to do it all very fast, but sadly it is for windows only. So Im looking for very simple (fast) UI,...
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Creating New Images in Preview

It seems to me that the macOS Preview app's purpose is to edit existing images. I'm wondering if it's possible to create new images from scratch. For example, I would like to create an illustration ...
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Update Photo on iOS

I would like to update a photo (Photo A) with another (Photo B). The result should be that Photo A looks like Photo B, but can be reverted back to Photo A. Is there an extension that will let me do ...
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