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How to create image cutouts in iOS 16

Illustration of a phone with a photo of a cat featured on screen.
Cut out your pet and paste it into the group chat. | Illustration by Samar Haddad / The Verge

While the lock screen is one of iOS 16’s marquee features, there’s another fun addition that’s a little less obvious: the ability to easily cut out subjects from pictures. It’s a way to easily separate a subject from a background and quickly share the results or paste them into applications. What would usually take considerable time and effort when using photo editing software can be done with a couple of easy steps in iOS 16. It’s surprisingly good, and you can easily share the results with your group chat for maximum entertainment. Here’s how it works.

I followed these steps on both an iPhone 11 running iOS 16.0.2 and an iPhone 14 Pro running iOS 16.1 developer beta three.

  • Open Apple’s Photos app.
  • Find a picture in your camera roll…

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