Photoshop is great tool. Well, it is the best thing out there when it comes down to dealing with your images – full stop! However, not everyone can afford it and more importantly for this post, it is often an absolute overkill if you wish to perform some very basic image compression in order to get it ready for a web use. Do you really wish to fire up Photoshop just so your image or a photo is ‘light’ enough for you to post it to your blog, web page or social media site? Answer is yes, of course, but only if you don’t know better and easier way and this is where online image compressor comes into play!
Compressor is very basic online application that is focusing on one simple thing which is reducing size of your jpg, png, gif or svg image file – that is it! However limited, it does what it does extremely well so don’t be surprised if your 1MB photo or an image drops down to about 250KB. Yes, Compressor will easily trim half and in some instances two thirds or even three quarters of an image size with minimal reduction in image quality! Naturally, you could do all this in some heavy lifting image editing software but in case you don’t know what you are doing you will never end up with such great results in such short time – fact!
Only complaint that I have with Compressor is that it won’t allow you to upload number of images at the same time. Kind of crap if you have fair few photos to grind through since you will be forced to upload and then download compressed versions of your images one by one. This is shame, but even with such handicap it will still be great time as well as money saver for many – no doubt about it…
Now you may wonder why exactly would you compress your photos and other images in the first place. Well, there are many reasons – first of all, it goes without saying that whoever is looking at your website or a blog will download page where compressed images are way faster than a page full of non-compressed images. Second, server resources are quite important so it’s obvious that you will be saving at very least half of the storage capacity by using compressed images. Third reason, arguably the most important one, is that Google and other search engines don’t like uncompressed photos, meaning that you can count on way better indexing and ranking scores if your images are properly optimised (or compressed) for the web use. With all this in mind, I can’t recommend Compressor strongly enough – great little tool :)
Check out Compressor here: https://compressor.io/