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preview tutorial that will change your life

As promised a few days ago, here’s the life changing Preview tutorial that will make your picture collages look so much more professional. And it’s easy too! It took me a few tries to really get the hang of this process, but now, it’s super quick for me to remove the backgrounds on my pictures so I can post a few together overlapping and it not show awkward white (or other color) boxes around them!

Step 1 | Select the picture you want to remove the background from and open it in Preview [this is a native application on MacBooks and is usually the default for opening pictures and other files. If it isn't, right click the picture file > select 'open with' > then select Preview]

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Step 2 | Click “Show Edit Toolbar” [the icon that is showing as blue across the top of the Preview screen]

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Step 3 | Click “Instant Alpha” — the second icon from the left [shown as blue]

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Step 4 | Now your mouse will show as a plus (+) sign. Click on the background and slide across it until everything you want removed is showing in this salmon/coral color. If you can’t get everything at once, don’t worry! You can do this more than once. Make sure you don’t select part of the picture you want to keep.

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If the remaining background is super small, you can use either Lasso Selection or Smart Lasso to help remove it. Lasso Selection lets you draw a circle around the background you want to remove and Smart Lasso uses the same plus (+) sign icon to draw with the salmon color over the background you want to remove. Again, make sure you don’t select any of the picture you want to keep! I personally recommend using the Instant Alpha as much as possible, and resort to Lasso Selection only if you need to. Using Smart Lasso gets a little complicated, but don’t be afraid to try things out [note: Command + Z will undo anything you do to the photo]

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These four options are found under the first icon from the left

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Step 5 | Now there will be a moving, dashed selection around the background. Click delete! This is where you will see if there is any background remaining and decide if you need / want to use any of the other Lasso tools to perfect your picture. 

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Step 6 | If it’s how you want it, click Save and you’re done! Voila, you have a gorgeous picture sans the background that you can use in a professional looking collage of pictures!

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And that’s it! Thanks to Preview, you’ve got gorgeous and professional looking pictures to use anywhere! If you have any questions, please comment below, I would love to help! I also want to see how you use my Preview Tutorial. Tag @SweetSthrnSass and use #SSSpreviewtutorial and show me how you use this new found technique!

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