Most of the images and photos that we create or click nowadays occupy much larger space in memory. This is due to higher amount of pixels that cameras capture and the advent of displays with larger resolutions. Few years back, in the Internet also, we used 2G networks to browse the web but now even 4G connections sometimes seem slow due to large amount of images and video content.
If you are running a website or blog, it is important to optimize such multimedia content to provide rich user experience. According to various statistics, 47% of users expect a website to load in just two seconds. Failing to meet this requirement results in loss of engagement and decrease in conversions.
So what are the benefits of image optimization?
- Reducing the Website loading time
- Occupies less space in server
- Improves search engine ranking (Google does take in to account of various parameters including load time)
Below are few of the best tools that will assist you to compress images with little or no loss in clarity.
Promising up to 90% compression, this website is a great tool to try out. It offers two different types of compression: lossy and lossless.
Lossy compression is a method where a small amount of clarity is reduces but delivers higher compression rates. It can be used where the resolution of the image is less important. On the other hand, lossless compression retains the sharpness of the image yet providing decent level of optimization.
Compressor.io is a powerful online tool for reducing drastically the size of your images and photos whilst maintaining a high quality with almost no difference before and after compression.
Supported File Formats: JPEG, PNG, GIF and SVG. It doesn’t allow to upload bulk images, and the file sizes are limited to 10 MB.
Tiny PNG uses a smart algorithm to decrease the amount of colors used in the image, thereby resulting in smaller image(in terms of size). It also provides support for transparent PNGs(you would know the importance if you are a designer).
They also provide a premium plugin for image optimization that can be integrated to PhotoShop for $50. Tiny PNG can also be integrated in to your self-hosted wordpress blog using their plugin(available in the wordpress plugin repository).
Tiny PNG supports bulk upload and compress, with 5Mb being the maximum size for each file. Supported File Formats: PNG and JPEG.
Resize Photos doesn’t actually compress the image, rather it reduces the size of the image which in turn reduces the size. Supported formats include jpg, png, gif, bmp and psd. It also provides you with a slider bar to adjust the quality of the output image.
This one is a tool for Windows PC’s that enable to shrink PNG images locally. The tool promises to provide optimized PNG with no loss in quality. Additionally, we can also convert JPG, GIF, TIFF, and BMP also to PNG’s.
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ImageOptim is a web app and a tool for MAC that lets users to save a lot of space. It removes invisible junk: private EXIF metadata from cameras, embedded thumbnails, comments, and unnecessary color profiles. Best of all, its free and its hard to find a free tool for MAC that works so well (just kidding).
It is a lossless image compression tool that works over command line and also with GUI interface. It supports majority of the Linux destros including debian, ubuntu, arch linux and opensuse.
Last but not the least, FileOptimizer for Windows offers much higher compression rates and supports a wide range of windows versions, from Windows 2000 to Windows 10. It comprises of multiple compressions engines, supporting various file formats for image optimization.
Tip: If you are running your blog/website on wordpress, check out the WP Smush plugin to auto-optimize the images on upload.
Image Optimization: To The End
To conclude, choosing the compression engine is up to you and your requirements. I have personally tried each and everyone of it and all of them provide good compression rates. Which ever you use, it would be better than using the raw image as it is.
If you find any other tool that is better than the ones in the list, let us know in the comments below. We would be more than happy to hear from you.