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The following discovery passed my social feed, and I'm still super excited about this hidden macOS gem.

I do a lot of YT thumbnails these days and usually use to remove backgrounds from pictures. But this feature is natively included in macOS these days! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

macOS background removal via Quick Actions

I don't follow all the new OS features because I'm not entirely bought into the Apple universe and am very happy with all my workflows.

But removing backgrounds is a super handy feature! It's a little odd to have this functionality on an operating system level, though. What will be next? Removing background noise from audio files? Cut prepare images for social sharing? I have no clue, but I'd be game for all of these. ;)

I didn't check when this feature was added to macOS, but the video shows Ventura 13.1.

Edit: It turns out the background removal feature is also available in the Mac Preview app! ๐Ÿ‘

macOS "Preview" app menu showing the "Remove background" command

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