Earlier one of my many contacts mentioned that he is developing a website. This contact has an image that he wants to include on his website however it is too big. He wanted an easy fast way to make it smaller.
I was going to write a complicated article explaining how I make images smaller. However I started this process, and thought, hey I better do some research to see if there is a better way to do it today.
Boy, I am glad I made that decision.
I opened up a private browser session and went to my search engine of choice: Google.
You might have heard of them, they are a big player in the online search engine world. 🙂
I used “online image resizer” as the search term. One of the top entries from my google search was for imageresize.org (NB: I have no association with this organization).
I just thought that it sounded like what I was searching for.
OK, then I needed an image to play with. I found an image of a lake that I could use in the public domain.
This is below.
Now to resize this
I then went to imageresize.org (NB: I have no association with this organization). I uploaded the image above to it.
I decided to do two things.
1) Reduce the size of the image by 25%. They also have other options available.
2) Use the jpeg image type. They also have other options available.
Using functionally within imageresize.org (I ignored their online ads) I achieved these two objectives.
The “new” image is below:
- Original File name: bluelake.png
- Original File type: image/png
- Original File size: 237 KB
- Original Dimensions: 751 × 431
- Resized File name: bluelake.jpeg
- Resized File type: image/jpeg
- Resized File size: 19 KB
- Resized Dimensions: 563 × 323
So, you can clearly see I achieved my two objectives. 🙂
1) Reduce the size of the image by 25%.
The width decreased from 751 px to 563 px.
The height decreased from 431 px to 323 px.
2) Use the jpeg image type. The file type is jpeg.
A really important performance benefit of this
You will also see that the file size decreased from 237 KB to 19 KB. The new size is just over 8% of the file size of the original file. So loading this image is going to be way faster. Happy Days.
If you are running a website it is important that your content loads on each of your visitors browsers as quickly as possible to help with their user experience when visiting your website.