Remove backgrounds from photos on Mac

With iOS 16 arriving before macOS Ventura, users have the ability to quickly recover from photos with a few clicks on iPhone and iPad. Fortunately, the capability is also available with macOS Ventura and can be accessed in two different ways. Here’s how to remove backgrounds from photos on Mac.

Previously limited to third-party applications, removing background from photos automatically often meant mixed results. For a true crop, working manually in Photoshop, Pixelmator, or other software has historically yielded the best results.

However, in iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, Apple has enabled the performance of image background removal which is almost instantaneous. In our usage, the feature almost always works correctly for humans, pets, and inanimate objects.

One drawback is that macOS automatically selects what it sees as a theme, there is no manual control. But it’s still a really useful tool.

When you use one of the options below, your Mac will create a PNG of the theme that you can use in photo editing apps, send it to someone quickly, enter it into a note, or use it however you want.

Instantly remove backgrounds from photos on Mac

  • Make sure you are running macOS Ventura on your Mac

In the Photos app

  1. Select a photo in the Photos app
  2. Right-click on the picture
  3. Election Copy the topic
    • When you click on Copy Theme, you’ll see a dark background with the theme you’re automatically selecting highlighted – hover your mouse there and the highlighted line will go around whatever it’s about to draw.
  4. Now you can hit the topic without background wherever you want

From your Desktop / in the Finder

  1. Find an image that you want to remove the background from
  2. Right-click on the image in the Finder, your Desktop, etc.
  3. Near the bottom, choose Quick actions then click Remove background
  4. A PNG copy of your image with a background will appear right next to the original image in seconds.

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