How to Duplicate a Photo or Video on Mac

This Mac Photos app tip will allow you to make a duplicate of a photo or video so you can work on the copy and leave the original untouched. Here’s how to make a copy of a picture or video on a Mac. 

Related: How to Zoom in & Out of a Photo on Mac

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Make a copy of a picture or video before editing to leave the original photo untouched. 
  • Make more than one copy to have several versions with multiple editing techniques.

How to Duplicate a Picture or Video on Mac

Here's how to copy a picture or video in the Photos app on your Mac. Of course, you can work on your original picture and revert the changes later but, sometimes it’s nice to have the original and an edited version. For more great Photos app tutorials, including how to add filters to photos on an iPhone, check out our free Tip of the Day

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  1. Open the Photos app and double-click the photo or video you want to copy.
     double click the photo or video you want to copy
  2. Right-click on the photo, then click Duplicate 1 Photo, or press Command-D on your keyboard.  
    right click the photo and click Duplicate
  3. If you’re copying a Live Photo, you can click Duplicate to keep it as a Live Photo or Duplicate as Still Photo to save as a still. duplicate live photo

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays has over a dozen years of experience writing for online publications. As a Feature Writer for iPhone Life, she has authored hundreds of how-to, Apple news, and gear review articles, as well as a comprehensive Photos App guide. Leanne holds degrees in education and science and loves troubleshooting and repair. This combination makes her a perfect fit as manager of our Ask an Expert service, which helps iPhone Life Insiders with Apple hardware and software issues.
In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.