Using iOS 16 photo cutout for image cut and paste | ENBLE

Using iOS 16 photo cutout for image cut and paste | ENBLE

iOS 16 Takes Photo Editing to the Next Level with Subject Extraction

iOS 16 Takes Photo Editing to the Next Level with Subject Extraction

There are many hidden features in iOS 16 that have impressed users, but perhaps the most impressive one is the ability to extract the subject of a photo from the background elements. This amazing feature allows users to digitally cut out the main part of a photo and share it separately or paste it into a completely different image with a different background.

This feature is an expansion of Apple’s Visual Look Up, which was introduced in iOS 15 last year. Originally, Visual Look Up used machine learning to recognize specific objects in photos, such as landmarks, flowers, pets, and even birds, insects, and spiders. Selecting a recognized object in the Photos app would provide more information and links to related articles and images on the web.

With iOS 16, Apple has improved the machine learning capabilities of Visual Look Up, enabling users to lift detected objects from their photos. What’s impressive is that this feature works with almost anything that can be identified as a distinct subject in a photo, including people, pets, street signs, household appliances, and random objects on a table. And the best part is, you don’t need the latest iPhone 14 to take advantage of this feature. It works on any iPhone model dating back to the 2018 iPhone XS and iPhone XR, as long as it’s running iOS 16 or later. Whether you have high-resolution Portrait Mode shots or scanned old printed photos, this feature is accessible to you.

Copying a Subject from a Photo Background

The most straightforward way to utilize this feature is by copying the subject of a photo onto your system clipboard. You can then paste it into any other app that supports images, such as Messages, Mail, Notes, or your favorite photo editor.

  1. Open a suitable image in the Photos app on your iPhone.
  2. Touch and briefly hold the subject of the photo until a glowing outline appears around it.
Copy a Subject from a Photo Background
  1. Release your finger to bring up a context menu.
  2. Select Copy, and the outlined subject will be copied to your clipboard.
  3. Open another app and paste the clipboard content as you would for any other image. Only the subject of the photo will be pasted.
Share a Subject from a Photo to Messages

Sharing a Subject Directly to Another App

If you want to share the subject of a photo via a messaging or social media app, you can do so directly using the iOS 16 share sheet.

  1. Open a suitable image in the Photos app on your iPhone.
  2. Touch and briefly hold the subject of the photo until a glowing outline appears around it.
  3. Release your finger to bring up a context menu.
  4. Select Share, and the iOS sharing dialog will appear.
  5. Select the app where you want to share the selected subject. The selected app will open, and only the subject of the image will appear.
Drag and Drop the Subject from Photos to Pixelmator

Copying a Subject Using Drag and Drop

Another way to copy the subject of an image is by dragging it from the Photos app into a third-party app that supports drag and drop. This method is useful for built-in apps like Mail, Messages, Notes, Reminders, and third-party photo editors.

  1. Open a suitable image in the Photos app on your iPhone.
  2. Touch and briefly hold the subject of the photo until a glowing outline appears around it.
  3. Begin moving your finger without lifting it to see a copy of the subject being dragged out of the photo.
  4. While still holding your finger on the image, swipe up from the bottom of the iPhone screen to return to the home screen.
  5. Continue holding your finger on the image and use another finger to open the app where you want to drop the image.
  6. In the target app, drag the image to where you want to paste it and release your finger to drop it in place.

The behavior after dropping the image will vary depending on the app. Photo editors usually add the subject image as a new layer that can be moved, resized, and edited like any other image. If you drop the image into a messaging or social media app that supports pasting images, it will be inserted into a new post. If the target app doesn’t support pasting images, nothing will happen, and the subject will be discarded.

iOS 16’s subject extraction feature takes photo editing to a whole new level, enabling users to create stunning compositions by combining subjects from different photos. Whether you’re a casual photographer or a professional, this feature opens up exciting creative possibilities. With iOS 16, Apple continues to push the boundaries of what can be done on mobile devices, empowering users to express their creativity in new and exciting ways.