4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 27, 2013 11:54 AM by El Deanio
El Deanio Level 3 Level 3 (735 points)

I'm using Preview Version 6.0.1 (765.4) and MacOS 10.8.2.  I want to separate an image from its background. To do this I need to go to the Toolbar, open 'Select' and then choose Instant Alpha.

 

Problem is I can't find the Select pop-up menu.

 

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/11373233/MacDiscussions/Preview/Screen%20Shot%202013-01 -26%20at%2015.21.47.png

 

Preview Help says "If you can’t see the Select pop-up menu in the toolbar, you may need to resize the window."

 

I've tried all sorts of window sizes but none have made the Select menu option manifest itself. I suppose that it's possible that my interpretation of "resize the window" may be different from Apple's.  But I don't know.

 

I've also tried Customize Toolbar in the View menu but the Select menu option isn't there to drag to the Toolbar.

 

I've tried resaving the file from jpeg to PDF and working on that instead, but still can find no Select option.

 

Does anyone know why I can't find the Select menu in Preview's Toolbar?


iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), iMac 24"
  • leroydouglas Level 6 Level 6 (14,755 points)

    Preview> under View you can open Show the tool bar.

     

    You may have to drag the image wider in order to see the instant alpha tools etc on the right side.

     

    pic 2.png

     

    There are 2 short cuts:

     

    shift-command-\   ( same as command-| )

    shift-command-a

  • El Deanio Level 3 Level 3 (735 points)

    leroydouglas wrote:

     

    Preview> under View you can open Show the tool bar.

     

    You may have to drag the image wider in order to see the instant alpha tools etc on the right side.

     

    pic 2.png

     

    There are 2 short cuts:

     

    shift-command-\   ( same as command-| )

    shift-command-a

     

     

    Hi Leroydouglas

     

    Thank you for your reply.

     

    leroydouglas wrote:

     

    Preview> under View you can open Show the tool bar.

     

     

    First thing I tried. Made no difference.

     

    leroydouglas wrote:

     

    You may have to drag the image wider in order to see the instant alpha tools etc on the right side.

     

    pic 2.png

     

     

    Interesting point.  As I said, I have done all this of course,. Hence I doubted my interpretation of the Help Page instructions.

     

    However I find, even now, that when I drag the right edge of the window over to what would be half way across my second screen if it were connected (it is disconnected right now because the monitor has died and I haven't replaced it yet) still all I can get are the options as far right as the crop tool.  That's it.

     

     

    There are 2 short cuts:

     

    shift-command-\   ( same as command-| )

    shift-command-a

     

    I found them to be -

     

    shift-command-\ 

    shift-command-a ( same as command-| )

     

    But, what the heck, who cares? Neither keystroke made any difference.

     

    Might be a clue though?

     

    Again, thanks for taking the trouble to reply, Leroy.  Much appreciated my friend.

  • leroydouglas Level 6 Level 6 (14,755 points)

    Alpha channel for .png  .gif and (.tiff?) only

     

    not PDF or jpg

  • El Deanio Level 3 Level 3 (735 points)

    Saving it as PNG did the trick.  I'll try out the tiff format later.

     

    Nice one Leroy. Thanks.