Apple users should have the ability to isolate a photo’s main element when accessing image files and screenshots through various MacOs apps, namely Photos, Quick Look, and Safari. The steps are as follows:

  1. While in Finder, select an image, then press the space bar to launch Quick Look. Alternatively, launch one of the other mentioned apps and choose a photo to work with.
  2. Hover over the photo in the window and hit Ctrl+Click or right-click on it.
  3. Place the cursor over “Copy Subject” to see a preview of the subject isolated from the background with an outline.
  4. Click “Copy Subject” to add it to the clipboard.

For photos viewed in Safari and other apps, the “Copy Subject” option may take a while to be clickable — it just means the recognition software is analyzing the image and is trying to come up with the best selection results. Also, as you’ll notice above, the cutout is not always perfect. 

Once it’s in the clipboard, the extracted subject can be pasted into a new note, document, email or text message, or post. It can also be shared through a variety of apps. Unfortunately, the “Copy Subject” MacOS Ventura feature doesn’t work on Preview, but the app can be used to turn the photo’s subject into a transparent PNG.

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