Automatically crop photos with iPhone (iOS 16)

Crop photos with iOS 16 on iPhone

When I talked my daughter into the new version of iOS 16, she asked me what was new inside. So we looked through all the features and found something I didn't know myself.

Crop objects in photos with a tap

The function is pretty easy to use and basically works like this:

  • Open Photos app
  • call up a photo in detail view
  • Tap on the object in the photo that you want to cut out and hold your finger down for a second
  • if a white stripe ran across the image, iOS captured and cropped the object
  • now you can choose between "copy" and "share" and insert the photo into a message, for example

Tip: With "Share" → "Save image" the cropped image ends up directly in the photo library and can be used later.

To crop photos, go to the Photos app on iPhone and tap and hold the object in the image that you want to crop.

To crop photos, go to the Photos app on iPhone and tap and hold the object in the image that you want to crop.

 

Transparencies are also built into the process of cropping, which are ok if the photo is placed on a white background, but with other colors you can see the color showing through, for example, the arm and nose.

Transparencies are also built into the process of cropping, which are ok if the photo is placed on a white background, but with other colors you can see the color showing through, for example, the arm and nose.

 

Here you can see the cropped photo on a black background and you can see the problem areas.

Here you can see the cropped photo on a black background and you can see the problem areas.

Crop also works with imported photos

At first I thought that this function only works for photos that were also taken with the iPhone, since these photos have integrated depth information from the lidar scanner.

In fact, this works with all photos - even those that you have manually placed in the photo library and that contain no further information than the image data.

Here is an example of how well cropping can work. Even the hair on the arm was cut out to match.

Here is an example of how well cropping can work. Even the hair on the arm was cut out to match.

 

The fact that the dark chicken (our Regina) was cropped so well despite the shadowy background makes me wonder whether iOS is evaluating the depth data of the photos if they are available (photos: Sir Apfelot).

The fact that the dark chicken (our Regina) was cropped so well despite the shadowy background makes me wonder whether iOS is evaluating the depth data of the photos if they are available (photos: Sir Apfelot).

The quality of the clipping is more for hobby use

Anyone who thinks they can use tools like Mask AI or the online exemption services such as remove.bg will probably be disappointed, because the quality of the exemption is rather mediocre. It works quite well with some motifs, but only to a very limited extent with others. But overall, the results are quite impressive for such a side feature.

My current recommendation for reasonable results is the above-mentioned Mask AI tool, which I am currently planning a post on, as it combines a bit of manual work with artificial intelligence and delivers surprisingly good results. But more on that in a future report.

I also quickly tried Remove.bg with the photo of the woman and here all the problem areas have been properly processed. In an emergency, you can also use this online tool.

This is what the result looks like with the remove.bg tool. Disadvantage of this solution: You have to pay something per picture - even if it's only a little.

This is what the result looks like with the remove.bg tool. Disadvantage of this solution: You have to pay something per picture - even if it's only a little.

 

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