Preview for Mac: Resize or rotate an image in Preview

You can resize or rotate an image opened in Preview to fit into a particular spot. You can also reduce the file size to save disk space or download an image more quickly.

Change an image’s dimensions

  1. If the Markup toolbar isn’t showing, click the Show Markup Toolbar button , then click the Adjust Size button .

  2. Enter new values for width and height, or click the “Fit into” pop-up menu and choose a size.

    • Resize the image by a percentage: Choose “percent” from the pop-up menu next to the Width and Height fields, then enter the percentage in those fields.

    • Force the image to keep its original proportions: Select “Scale proportionally.” If you change either the width or height, the other value changes to maintain the proportions. If you choose a size from the “Fit into” pop-up menu, the image’s width or height may be smaller than the chosen size to maintain the proportions.

    • Make the image’s dimensions smaller without losing any detail: Deselect “Resample image” before changing the width or height.

Tip: To resize multiple images at the same time, display the images in the same window, select them in that window’s sidebar, then choose Tools > Adjust Size.

Rotate or flip an image

  • Rotate an image: Select the image, then click the Rotate button (or use the Touch Bar).

  • Flip an image: Choose Tools > Flip Horizontal or Flip Vertical.

Tip: To rotate or flip multiple images at the same time, display the images in the same window, choose View > Thumbnails, select them in that window’s sidebar, then choose Tools > [Rotate or Flip].

Reduce an image’s file size

  1. Choose Tools > Adjust Size.

  2. Select “Resample image.”

  3. Enter a smaller value in the Resolution field.

    The new size is shown at the bottom.

Tip: To reduce the file size of multiple images at the same time, display the images in the same window, select them in that window’s sidebar, then choose Tools > Adjust Size.

Published Date: Apr 2, 2017
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