How to Remove an Image Background on Mac

If you’re seeking a way to remove the background of an image on your Mac, either to isolate a subject or eliminate undesirable elements, we have the solution for you.


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In the modern world, where visual content holds significant importance, the use of images is crucial for effective communication. You don’t need to possess graphic design skills or be a professional in order to eliminate the background from an image on a Mac computer. The macOS platform offers a range of built-in tools that make the process of removing backgrounds from images simple and accessible. This comprehensive tutorial provides a step-by-step guide on effortlessly removing the background from any image on your Mac.

How to Remove the Background Using Built-in macOS Tools

On your Mac, there are several methods available within macOS to help you remove the background from an image. The following techniques are specifically tailored for the latest version of macOS, known as macOS Ventura. If you haven’t updated to this version yet, it is recommended to do so. However, even if you are using an older version of macOS, many of the steps will be similar and you can still achieve the desired result.

Finder Quick Actions

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  1. Click on the “Finder” icon.
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  1. To remove the background of an image, simply perform a right-click on the image and select the option “Quick Actions.”
  2. Click on the “Remove Background”.
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  1. When you open Finder, you will find a duplicate of the image. The file name will be modified by appending “Background Removed” to the original name.

Photos App

Follow the instructions outlined below to effortlessly eliminate the background from an image using the Photos app in the most recent version of macOS Ventura.

Photos App
  1. Click on the “Launchpad” icon.
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  1. To start the application, simply click on the icon labeled “Photos.”
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  1. To remove the background of an image from your Photo Library, simply double-click on the desired image.
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  1. Right-click on the image, and select “Copy Subject.”
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  1. Use the keyboard shortcut Command + V to paste the subject into the application you are currently using. I am using Pages as an example, but this method is applicable to any platform.

Pages App

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  1. Click on “Launchpad” from the Dock and click on the “Pages”.
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  1. Click on the first option labeled “Blank”.
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  1. If you locate the image in Finder, you can easily move it into the Pages app by performing a simple drag and drop action.
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  1. Click on “Image” on the right.
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  1. You can choose the “Remove Background” option by clicking on it in the menu.
  2. Then use Command + V to copy the photo and paste it wherever you want.