Images helps a lot in driving traffic to your blog. We already discussed 4 ways how images enhance your blog. Few days back we also informed Google started ranking website based on speed and images plays a great role in increasing or decreasing page load time. In this post we will talk about how you can compress and resize any images with softwares and that will help you to optimize your website. If you are on WordPress, you can also use Wp Smush.it plugin.
It is a big need to compress and resize images for blogs and websites. Photoshop is the easy tool for resizing an image but it is not a good tool to compress an image. Compressor of photoshop is not so much effective. And it can not maintain the image quality with compression after a certain limit .
Suppose we create a header design for our blog with adobe illustrator and its size is 990/200 px . When we import it to jpg format we find its size approx 300 kb on 150 dpi resolution .Now we try to compress this image with illustrator but we cannot reduce its size below 100 kb if we want to maintain image quality. We need a tool to compress it for webpage and the quality of image must remain as such (almost 80%).
One of the most common mistake which Blogger do is by using script to resize images, which actually requires more resources, instead you can simply resize images and later compress them to reduce size of the image. This way your pages will load faster and needless to say, Google loves faster sites.
Software’s to Resize Images and ComPress them:
Fast stone image resizer
It is a freeware photo resizer software but it works like a shareware. It is best image re-sizer in my opinion. It has many advanced options. You can resize a picture based on pixels, percentage and side. Rotate, crop, canvas, adjustment with preview, adding text and watermark your images, borders are many other options those make it more than an image resizer . .Its image editor is the best jpg compressor in my opinion. It is my favorite software. Link: FastTone
Irfan view is also a freeware but works like a pro. It is a very good image resizer and compressor. It ia a good image viewer and editor too .
Talking about software’s for image compression and resizing and how could be forget first ever software I started using. MS paint is free tool which comes with Windows OS, you can not only use it for drawing but also to resize images. Though, Image compression is not available on MsPaind and you can use online image compression tool like Smush.it.
Webplus is a static website builder. It can be used as image compressor and resizer. Because webplus is not only a html code generator but also a fantastic graphic designer and image manipulator. It can reduce the size of images .I have found webplus as best png compressor . Link: WebPlus
Do let is know which tool do you use to compress your images without losing quality?