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How to save images from web pages on Mac

Almost every user while surfing the web on their Mac using the Safari browser had a desire to save, copy or link a certain image. Those procedures are quite easy and straightforward.

How to save, copy or link the image on Mac

There are several methods to save and copy images from Safari relying on what you finally want to do with the image. If you want to know more about saving, copying, and linking images in the Safari browser, you should keep on reading.

How to save an image from Safari

If you want to save a picture from Safari, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:

  • First of all, you should open the Safari app.
  • After that, you should head to or search for an picture that you want to be saved or copied.
  • When the picture would be loaded in the browser window, you should do a right-click on the image. In this way, the pull-down contextual menu of different available options would be shown and ready to be used. Below, you can see all the options that may be used to save or copy the image.

What Save the Image to the Desktop means

The first option that will be displayed in Safari’s contextual menu is “Save Image to the Desktop.” This option means that if you choose it, the image that you want to be saved will be copied and the copy of this file will be saved directly to your desktop.

This procedure is a good choice in case you intend to open in, for instance, in Photoshop. The main benefit of saving the image to your desktop is that you gain simple and quick access to the image from your desktop, even if you didn’t plan to save the image file directly to the desktop.

What Save Image As means

There is one more option that is displayed in the contextual menu. It’s called Save Image As. This option gives you an opportunity to choose where the image file will be saved. Using the “Save Image As” option gives you also an opportunity in the pull-down menu to create a new folder where you can save the image.

Like the “Save Image to Desktop” option, then the “Save Image As” option will save a copy of the image to your Mac. It’s more effortless to maintain your computer’s hard drive managed and hold your desktop tidied with the “Save Image As” option.

Surely, you would still be able to manually select the Desktop as a destination, but the benefit is that you have an opportunity to choose the destination where the image will be saved including external hard drives, USB thumb drives, or network-attached storage devices.

What Add Image to Photos means

The next option is Add Images to Photos. This option allows you to create a copy of the image on your Mac, but rather than utilizing a standalone image file, it automatically transfers the file into the library of your Photos app. If you’re a Mac user, you should know that Photos is a photo management and editing app that comes with Macs, iPhones, iPads, and other Apple products initially.

After the image has been saved to Photos you will be able to edit the image via Photos’ built-in tools, catalog it with tags and custom albums, and you will also have an opportunity to share it with your friends and families.

What Use Image as Desktop Picture means

If you have chosen this option, the image would be turned into the desktop background of your Mac.

macOS will automatically use the “Scale Image” setting to let the image load your Mac’s whole screen, even if the image has the wrong proportions of height and width.

You should also be aware that macOS will pull the image if the image’s resolution is smaller than your display. This may consequence that your picture will look blocky, so keep that in mind if you use this option on what turns out to be a tiny source image.

What Copy Image Address means

The Copy Image Address option grasps the URL of the image and puts it in your macOS clipboard. Since then, you will be able to paste the link into a document or email and any recipient will be able to tap on it to load the picture from the original link.

This is a good idea to use this option when the size of the image is very big. For instance, you could be looking at a 40MB image. If you want to share it with your friend, you won’t need to save it, instead, you may just copy and share the link with your friend to let him/her view it. This will help you to bypass email attachment size limits. Instead of downloading the image from you, the recipient downloads it directly from the source when they want to.

It’s important to remember that when you save an image to your Mac, you have a copy of that image that will last as long as you want it to, however, if you save a link to an image, the operator of the website to which your link points has absolute control.

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