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Not everyone needs Photoshop, but eventually, you’ll probably need to edit some photos, add some text, or cut out your ex from a holiday card. That’s where Preview comes in.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to using most of the default application.
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Steps to open Preview Photo Editor
You have probably opened Preview before without knowing what was hidden within. It’s the standard app for looking at photographs. If you want to open one or more photos, then simply select the specific photos, right click and select “preview” from open with menu.
Once you have opened your photo, you will need to activate the toolbar. This will give easy access to most of Preview’s goodies. Click on the little tool box icon to display your Selection Tools, Instant Alpha brush, Sketch, Shapes, Text, Signature, Size, and Color correction options. That’s it, it’s time to have some fun.
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Edit your photos
Preview is not a replacement for Photoshop, but that doesn’t mean it can’t make wonders on your personal photographs. You can tinker with the Exposure, Contract, Shadows, Highlights, and Color levels for each photo from the adjust color menu. If you are not comfortable playing with levels, there’s a “Auto Levels” feature that will do it for you. Don’t worry about messing up photos while editing. A quick press of the Reset All actions will undo and mistakes you make.
If you want to save an image while browsing, simply right click and “copy.” Open up Preview, select “New from clipboard” option from File menu. This creates a new image from whatever is in your clipboard, set to its exact size and shape.
Preview allows you to resize images by inches, pixels, and even percentages. From fliers to web images, Preview can help make your image the perfect fit for your needs.
Image editing with Powerful selection tools
When you want to select and edit a particular details of a photo, Previews selection tools are master. Use the lasso to grab specific complex blocks of an image or the magic wand to quickly and easily select specific elements without the fine-tuning required by the lasso.
Preview makes it easy to annotate your images and PDFs. Use the Shapes tools to make bubbles, boxes, and geometric patterns. Add text to mark people or places in your images. From Christmas cards to school reports, Preview’s annotation options comes in surprisingly handy. It’s even useful for business, thanks to the ability to digitally add your signature to documents.
Utilizing Preview’s brushes, users can paint pictures and add custom annotations to their photos. The app allows you to draw your own images free of any optimization, or straighten your lines too.
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