How To Combine Parts Of Images Using Mac Photos

You can take the subject of one photo and copy it onto the background of another photo using just when comes with your Mac, without ever taking the photo out of your Photos library.

Comments: 12 Responses to “How To Combine Parts Of Images Using Mac Photos”

    Sheldon
    2 weeks ago

    Thanks bunches

    nick
    1 week ago

    Thanks Gary, always amazed on the hidden functionalities in a Mac which you show us. If you get chance, would love to see a tutorial on making a collage in the Photos app where the edges of the photos are softly blended into each other. I know I can do that in Pixelmator but was wondering if it's possible with the Photos app. Thanks.

    Rohit
    1 week ago

    Great Post, Thanks for showing details.

    1 week ago

    Nick: For something like that, using Pixelmator is a good idea. You can also use Pages or Keynote for collages. See https://macmost.com/how-to-create-a-photo-collage-on-a-mac.html But there's really no way to blend edges in the Photos app.

    Iain Houston
    1 week ago

    Gary. That’s really useful. Thanks. I find that I need the more sophisticated image editors less and less these days now that I understand how much more native Mac apps do than I previously knew.

    Melody
    1 week ago

    Thanks for sharing such cool Mac tricks!

    Trixie Walker
    1 week ago

    Really interesting topic, the only problem I have is although using Sonoma 14.4.1 on a 2020, 27", iMac, the photos app is quite different for some reason and doesn't have the copy subject feature. Any ideas why not would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    1 week ago

    Trixie: It should be there. So when you view an image and Control+click inside it, you don't see the option at all?

    Trixie Walker
    1 week ago

    Thanks Gary for speedy reply, greatly appreciated as said above.
    I've tried again with a slightly larger image to copy and it worked.
    Now "playing" with it in preview!

    Kathleen Difato
    1 week ago

    Super useful. I stopped using the native photos app ages ago for Lightroom. But now I’m rethinking it as Photos seems to have improved a lot.

    Pam Williams
    6 days ago

    Does this also work in Catalina? I do not show the options in Preview or Photos.

    6 days ago

    Pam: No. This is new in Sonoma.

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