Need help saving a cropped image

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by pjarvi, Apr 6, 2006.

  1. pjarvi macrumors 65816


    Jan 11, 2006
    Round Lake, IL
    I'm relatively new to the Mac world (less than a year with a Mini), and I am having a hard time trying to figure out how to cut a portion of an image and save it as a new image? (Note: I'm trying to do this using only the software Mac OSX came with)

    Example, In WinXP I would do the following:
    1.)Open an image in Paint
    2.)Use the selection tool to draw a box around the area I want to cut
    3.)Cut the selection using Ctrl-X
    4.)Click on the File menu and select New, to create a new blank canvas
    5.)Reduce the size of the new canvas so that it is smaller than the selection I cut from the existing image
    6.)Paste the cut image using Ctrl-V (Paint automatically resizes the canvas to fit the pasted image)
    7.)Save the new image

    On the Mac, I tried using iPhoto to edit the image, but even if I saved the image after cropping it, opening the file from Finder would open the original image, not the cropped version. It didn't seem to make the changes permanent? I also tried the Painting tool in AppleWorks, but couldn't find a way to reduce the size of the canvas, paste a cut piece of an image, and have the canvas automatically resize to fit the pasted image.

    Anyone have a quick method they use for saving cut pieces of images?

    I'm not interested in buying Photoshop at this time, and would prefer not to have to download any freeware or shareware to handle this task.
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    1) Open image in Preview
    2) Use selection tool to draw a box around the area you want to cut
    3) Cut the selection using Command-X
    4) Create new file from Clipboard using Command-N
    5) Save the new image

    Two fewer steps!
  3. reh macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2003
    If you're using iPhoto, then don't mess with the pictures in the Finder. iPhoto saves both your changes *and* the original file. Just export (Share -> Export) the edited version from iPhoto.
  4. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    Or drag the cropped photo in iPhoto to your desktop. Wheeeeeeeee. :D
  5. pjarvi thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 11, 2006
    Round Lake, IL
    Wow, can't wait to get home and try these methods. Thanks for all the replies! :)

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