Quick Image Labeling using Preview – Snow Leopard

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Often times we have to quickly resize an image, mark and add labels to a picture and then import it in some word processor like MS Word or Latex. Preview, the versatile document viewer for snow leopard has a very neat feature called Annotate to quickly facilitate such an editing.

Preview supports all the popular image formats (.jpg, .tiff, .png, .bmp) besides .eps and .pdf. Once you open the file you want to edit with Preview, click on the Annotate icon in the menu bar Screenshot2009-12-22at3.26.02PM1.png or choose it from the Tools menu option. A bar will appear at the lower left corner of the window.

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It allows to add text, circular and rectangular boxes to highlight items/portions of the picture. You have control over the font type, size, style, color and the weight of the arrows and the boxes. You can also select the area you want to keep and press command-K to crop the image. Save the image in any of the supported formats and you are done annotating!

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