In Summary

If you don’t like an image’s background, there are a few different ways to change it on your Mac. Of the different methods, the Preview app offered the easiest solution to removing the background from an image, thanks to tools like Instant Alpha, Selection Tools, and Smart Lasso. With macOS Ventura, Apple now adds throws another useful feature into the mix called Remove Background, which makes removing background from images on Mac easier than ever.

However, if you want a simpler solution, using one of the AI-powered web tools dedicated to removing background from images, like, is a better approach. Or, if you’re on a Mac, you can use Preview, which gives you a few different ways to remove background from images. But as it turns out, with the all-new macOS Ventura update, the Preview app now offers an even faster way to remove image backgrounds on a Mac. So if you don’t wish to go through the steps of removing the background in Preview manually—and are skeptical of your images ending up on random servers with online background removal tools—you can now get rid of the background with a few simple clicks. Follow along as we demonstrate how to use the Remove Background feature in Preview to remove background from images on Mac.

What Is the Remove Background Feature in Preview?

Remove Background is an all-new Preview feature. It comes as part of the macOS Ventura update and lets you remove the background from an image with a few simple steps. Unlike other Preview tools that let you remove background from images, the Remove Background feature is fairly easy to use. Plus, it’s also available in the Quick Actions menu, which lets you perform the action more swiftly and on multiple images.

How to Use Preview’s Remove Background Feature to Remove Background from an Image

Since the Remove Background feature is available in Preview as part of the macOS Ventura update, you first need to update your Mac to it. After it’s done, follow the steps below to use Preview’s Remove Background feature to remove the background from an image:

Open Finder and go to the folder that contains the image whose background you want to remove. Double-click on the image to open it in Preview. Or, right-click on it, select Open With, and choose Preview. Once the photo opens in Preview, click on Tools from the toolbar and select Remove Background. Alternatively, you can press the Command + Shift + K keyboard shortcut to trigger the feature.

If it’s a JPEG image, Preview will ask you to convert it into PNG since it supports transparency. Go ahead and click on Convert to allow the conversion.

Wait for a few seconds, and Preview will create a new image with a transparent background.

On most occasions that we’ve tried the feature, it returned satisfactory results with pretty clear cutouts. However, if it doesn’t give you a clean cutout around—perhaps because there isn’t a clear separation between the subject and the background—you can delete the unwanted objects manually using one of the selection tools, as we mentioned in this guide.

How to Remove Background from Multiple Images on Mac With Preview’s Remove Background Feature

Although the approach above works just fine, it still requires you to go through several clicks. Fortunately, macOS Ventura also puts the Remove Background feature in Quick Actions, which makes the process even simpler and allows you to carry out batch operations. Here’s how to use Remove Background from the Quick Actions menu:

Go to the folder that contains the picture whose background you want to remove. Right-click on the image and select Quick Actions > Remove Background.

Preview will automatically convert the image into a PNG (if it isn’t already), remove its background, and save it with a file name that ends with “Background Removed” to help you find it. Likewise, if you want to remove backgrounds from multiple images at once, you can do it like this:

Access the folder with the images on which you want to perform the bulk operation. Select the images, right-click on any one of them, and select Quick Actions > Remove Background.

Now, like before, Preview will remove the background from all your images, convert them to PNG, and save them to the same folder.

Background Removal On Mac Is Easier Than Ever

Although the Preview app already made removing background from images on Mac quite easy and convenient, thanks to its smart selection tools, its new Remove Background feature on macOS Ventura makes the process easier and more convenient. Plus, it returns pretty nice results, so you can use these images as is or edit them to change the background, annotate things, and much more.

Further Reading:

3 Ways to Remove Background From Images on Mac How to Remove Background from Images on iPhone or iPad Without Any App How to Remove the Background from a Photo on iPhone [iOS 16] PicWish: A Simple and Free Image Background Removal Tool How to Quickly Remove Background from Your Pictures without Photoshop [Online Tool] The Best Tool to Remove Unwanted Objects from Photos 3 Tools to Edit PNG Files Online While Retaining Transparency