How Can I Circle Something In A Photo?

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  1. Stephanator macrumors newbie

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    I often need to circle something (a flaw) in a photo and haven't been able to figure out how to do so on a mac. I don't have photoshop. Can anyone help? Here is an example of what I'd like to do.
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  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Open the photo in the included Preview app, then go to the tools menu, then annotate, then oval... and you can make a circle however large you want.

    I just did this.

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  3. Stephanator thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry to need hand holding, but if it's on my desktop, how do I open the photo in the included Preview app? Not sure what that means. TY!
     
  4. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    Two ways come to mind immediately. Drag the photo to the Preview app icon (found on the dock) and drop it. Preview will open the image.

    Or, use the right mouse button (or push and hold the Control Key (sometimes called the 'Ctrl' key) and do a normal click). A menu will open up that includes a "Open With" option. Click the triangle (called a 'Disclosure Triangle' if memory serves) to the right and you'll be able to navigate to and choose Preview.

    Luck.
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I assume you are coming over from Windows? When I say "app" it means an application or program. Your mac comes with a program (app) called Preview and it is in the Applications folder. This app can be used view and edit most all photo files and PDFs. So you can open and edit the photo in Preview like snberk103 described.
     
  6. Stephanator thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yay!!! I did it. Thank you both. (Circled the hand, just to prove it!) :)
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  9. CrickettGrrrl macrumors 6502a

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    I remember how frustrating Preview was to use at first, coming from Windows :rolleyes: and this was a few OS X's ago, so here's a screenshot. You can click on the Annotate icon on the right of the Preview window, or you can use the top menu bar Tools/Annotate/Oval etc.

    Preview can do a lot of cool things including modifying PDF's --no sweat. :)

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    Ha! Ninja'd. Very cool OP!
     

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  10. kgian macrumors regular

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    When I got my imac, I called apple support asking how to do such a thing. They answered "just use photoshop"!

    They assumed that everyone should have pirated photoshop. They were shocked when I told them that I didn't have it, because I don't have a use for such an expensive aoftware...
     
  11. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    What you said is the truth. The more I use Preview, the more I like it. It is like one of those Swiss Army Knives. Lots of little tools in one package that is always handy and will take care of all sorts of little jobs. You wouldn't use it to build a piece of furniture, but if you just need to do one little thing... Preview is the app I often go to first.
     
  12. cats4jan, Oct 10, 2013
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    I learned something today :) - thanks for the info re: annotate. I do a lot of screenshots to include in my instructions to people - I will really use this.

    So now, I deleted a section of my photo and wanted to undo the action - how do I undo? It was easy to undo the arrows and circles I put on the photo, I clicked on them and hit delete, but when I erased a part of the photo, I could not figure out how to undo my erasure. I didn't save or anything - was still in the Preview screen.
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    To get to Preview - I double click on the photo file name in Finder and the preview opens up. Opens up just like on a PC.

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    I got Photoshop Elements for $49 - Unless you are a professional photographer, you do not need Photoshop CS. $49 for software that does all that Elements does is a bargain - even if you do not see yourself using it all the time. With the License, you get to put it on two computers - two PC's or two Mac's or one of each - the box contains a disk for Mac and a disk for PC's. Download version may be different.
     
  13. b.k.jackson macrumors newbie

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    You should be able to use either Edit / Undo from the menu or press cmd-z and it will undo your last command (deleted portion of the picture).

    Also, if you do a lot of screenshot stuff, try out GLUI (http://glui.me) - this lets you take a screenshot, annotate, then drag into doc or email. Love this little program :)

    HTH!
     
  14. cats4jan, Oct 10, 2013
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    Thanks so much
     

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