Export High-Quality Photos from the Mac Photos App [Quick Tips]

When you export a photo from the Mac Photos app you have two options: either export a smaller-sized photo with less quality or export a high-quality photo. If you have used the drag-and-drop method to export a photo in the past, you have probably exported a very low-quality version of the photo.

In this article we will show you how to export high-quality photos from the Photos app:

Export High-Quality Photos from the Photos App for Mac

1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.

2. Select the photos that you wish to export in high-quality.

When you have selected a photo or photos, click on the "File" menu on the top and select "Export" followed by "Export Unmodified Original For X Photo..." where X is the number of photos you have selected.


3. Click on "Export" on the following screen, and then choose a destination folder and click on "Export Originals" to export your photos in high-quality.


4. If you would like to do the task using the drag-and-drop method, hold down the "Option" key on your keyboard, drag and drop the photo on your desktop and you will get the original quality version of the photo on your desktop instead of a compressed one.

That's all there is to exporting high-quality photos from the Photos app for Mac.


If you have been getting low-quality exports of your photos from the Mac Photos app all this time, the above tip should help you get the original high-quality photos exported, whether you use the Menu method of the drag-and-drop method.

Mahesh Makvana

Mahesh Makvana is a freelance tech writer who's written thousands of posts about various tech topics on various sites. He specializes in writing about Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android tech posts. He's been into the field for last eight years and hasn't spent a single day without tinkering around his devices.

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