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How to Access the Hidden Mac Paint Features in OS X Yosemite

How to Access the Hidden Mac Paint Features in OS X Yosemite

Posted December 6, 2014 at 6:06pm by iClarified
These are instructions on how to access the somewhat hidden Mac paint features in OS X Yosemite. The features are part of the Preview application.

Step One
Open an image in Preview. Typically, you can do this by double clicking an image file. If you have another app set as the default for opening images, you can launch Preview directly from the Applications folder.
How to Access the Hidden Mac Paint Features in OS X Yosemite

Step Two
Click the Toolbox button at the right side of the toolbar.
How to Access the Hidden Mac Paint Features in OS X Yosemite


How to Access the Hidden Mac Paint Features in OS X Yosemite

Step Three
You will be presented with a new toolbar of paint tools.
How to Access the Hidden Mac Paint Features in OS X Yosemite

There are tools that let you create rectangular, elliptical, lasso, and smart lasso masks.
How to Access the Hidden Mac Paint Features in OS X Yosemite

An Instant Alpha tool makes it possible to erase the background.
How to Access the Hidden Mac Paint Features in OS X Yosemite

You can sketch, add arrows, loupes, text, signatures, and more.
How to Access the Hidden Mac Paint Features in OS X Yosemite

You can also adjust the size and scaling of your image.
How to Access the Hidden Mac Paint Features in OS X Yosemite

There's also the ability to adjust colors and levels.
How to Access the Hidden Mac Paint Features in OS X Yosemite

The features are basic but definitely handy for a quick fix.
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gamerscul9870
gamerscul9870 - December 8, 2014 at 12:13pm
More like yosemiteorge Washington.
Itasara
Itasara - December 8, 2014 at 6:23am
Now this is a nice feature. The signature tool however needs to be fixed. I cannot start on the left side of the link. starts in the middle closer to the right. When I tried to leave the writing area I was stuck. couldn't get my cursur to leave and had to force quite preview. This needs a fix PLEASE
iAmMe
iAmMe - December 8, 2014 at 4:20am
I think it's there for annotations or at least that's what I've been using that for...
gamerscul9870
gamerscul9870 - December 6, 2014 at 9:16pm
Is this supposed to be like ms paint (I know it's a stupid question but judging that it's hidden).
AppleGuy299
AppleGuy299 - December 7, 2014 at 12:38pm
It's not hidden.
gamerscul9870
gamerscul9870 - December 7, 2014 at 5:35pm
I'm not saying it is, just mentioned it because the title of the topic did.
Gadgetrevue
Gadgetrevue - December 6, 2014 at 7:09pm
Please don't make the Yosemite logo the photo for the article. I keep in trying to touch it to close back to the listing screen.
datumax
datumax - December 6, 2014 at 6:49pm
^ Columbus
AppleGuy299
AppleGuy299 - December 6, 2014 at 6:42pm
Um, these aren't new. They have been at least since mountain lion, when I found out about them.
Davids
Davids - December 6, 2014 at 7:42pm
yes and no. there are extra features added in yosemite like signatures. But you are right, the examples used in this article are mainly the same
Kvazkez
Kvazkez - December 6, 2014 at 10:36pm
Sorry but signatures are on OSX before Yosemite, I use it from mountain lion.
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