How to select, copy and share objects from photos in iOS 16

In iOS 16 , which is currently in beta testing, Apple has expanded the visual search for photos by adding the ability to separate the subject of a photo from the background so you can copy it to the clipboard for use elsewhere or share it in another app.

Since the function works simply in the future, to select and copy objects from photographs, it will be possible to do without professional graphics programs, such as Photoshop. Here’s how it works in iOS 16.

How to select, copy and share objects from photos in iOS 16

  1. Launch the Photos app and open one of the photos in your library that clearly shows the subject.
  2. Click and hold on the object until it is selected and a white glowing stroke appears around it.
  3. In the menu that appears, click ” Copy ” to place the selection on the clipboard to paste into another application, or click ” Share …” to open the standard share menu and send it to another application or perform some action.

  1. In addition, you can hold your finger on the selected object to cut it out of the photo. Now, without releasing your finger from the screen, use your other finger to exit the Photos app and launch the Messages, Mail, Notes, or any other app that accepts images. Now drag and drop the object to send it.

These are all the actions you can perform on the selected object. This feature also works on paused videos (only in the Photos app). This feature works not only in Photos, but also in screenshots and Quick View in the Files app. As mentioned, this feature uses advanced machine learning and image analysis, so it’s only available on phones with the A12 Bionic processor or newer models. The A12 Bionic processor debuted in 2018 on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, so you must have one of those iPhones or a newer model for this feature to work. iOS 16 is expected to go public this fall.


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