There is no doubt that the visual appeal of any website is enhanced by the images used on the site. Unfortunately, as critical as these images are to the appeal of a website, they can be problematic because they can slow down the loading of the page. An image that has been taken by a camera has a very high resolution, which enhances its quality at the expense of loading speed.
Then there is the issue of image-use on social media. Social media has become a serious marketing force, but these platforms have limits on file size, so you need to know how to ensure your image files meet the specifications of any social media sites you use. Again, compressing your image file can affect the quality of the image. But it doesn’t have to be this way!
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to reduce the size of your images without compromising the image quality. Here are eight ways to compress your images without losing image quality:
- Photoshop: If you have Photoshop and know how to use it, you can manipulate your images in any way you choose, including compressing them without compromising the quality. Just remember that with Photoshop you don’t just want to resize the image: You need to resample the image to actually change the number of pixels in it, affecting how it appears on the computer screen.
- GimpShop: This is a great alternative if you don’t have Photoshop or don’t want to spend the money to get it. It works in a similar manner as Photoshop, allowing you to manipulate images in a number of ways, including compressing them, and is also free and open source.
- IrfanView: IrfanView is a fabulous tool for compressing any number of images. You can choose a single image or a bunch of images stored in the same folder. The app works by reducing the size of the image and the image’s depth of color.
- FileOptimizer: This app can compress a number of types of image files, including JPEG, GIF, and PNG, as well as executable files. Plus, FileOptimizer is extremely easy to use: All you need to do is drag and drop any images you want to compress and click on Optimize. Just be advised that the original files will be sent to the recycling bin, so if you want them, you’ll have to recover them from there.
- Magic Picture: If you are looking for the very best app for quality image compression, then Magic Picture is the way to go. It is the preferred app among professionals for its accessibility and ability to capture the real-life nature of images. It can be used as a web app or a mobile app, and it will seamlessly integrate with the majority of third-party apps. Saving, storing, and sharing files is a breeze, but best of all, you can shrink images by as much as 30% and still heighten its quality. Save yourself the disk space and the frustration of quality loss with this premiere tool.
Compress JPEG: This app (along with Compress PNG) allows you to have a great amount of control over the final image. You will be presented with a slider once you upload your image and you can use this slider to alter the quality. You can even zoom in and see the individual pixel quality, and you can view the final image quality prior to downloading it.
- JPEGmini: This app is ideal for shrinking images. The app first determines how much an image can be shrunk without compromising its resolution and quality. Then the app puts its JPEG encoder to use, which will compress the files as much as possible.
- Punypng: This app is anything but puny! With Punypng, you can achieve lossless compression of not only PNG files, but also JPEG and GIF files. If you use the free version, you can upload up to 15 images at a time with a maximum files size of 150 KB. If you have the PRO account, which only costs $2 per month, then you can upload more and bigger files.
Whether you go through desktop apps or web software, there are plenty of good options out there for ensuring top image quality. Don’t let your images suffer just because you’re not fluent in Photoshop or have a small budget: These options above are both easy to use and often free or very cheap.