According to a recent research around 20 million photos are viewed and 3,000 photos uploaded on Flickr In a single minute. You can find thousands of stock photos, vector art designs and other types of background images from internet within seconds. Bloggers also use images with their articles to convey a complex idea more easily. Images are also important for bloggers regarding SEO point of view. Facebook is one of the best example where millions of Photos are uploaded and viewed on daily basis. I have a number of Facebook addicted Friends who frequently upload their photos on Facebook.

In order to quickly upload photos anywhere on Internet, you will have to optimize them.  So, without losing the quality of an Image, you can reduce the Image size up to 80% or even 90%.  Well-optimized and compressed images can be uploaded easily while consuming less space of the disk.

Image optimization is much important for bloggers. With the help of some free image compression tools, you can easily reduce image size and save disk space. Light images will also contribute to fast loading of pages on your website. So, it’s important to compress images before uploading or using them anywhere like in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint,Blogs etc.

There are some free online websites that allow you to compress photos and reduce image sizes. Some softwares are also available that can do the task efficiently. In this article, I am going to share Free image compression Tools that will help you out to compress photo without much affecting the image quality.

 

Best Methods to Compress Images Effectively

Image Optimizer

It is a free online tool that let you minify photos by reducing their sizes. You can Compress large images by uploading them from your computer and select the maximum height and width parameters for your image.  Select the required quality of image out of 6 different qualities and accordingly the image will be compressed. This tool can easily compress a photo in Megabytes to only a few hundred KBs while not much affecting the quality of image. The disadvantage of using this tool is that every time you want to compress an image, you will be first required to upload that to the server. So, for heavy photos, it can take much time to upload it. In order to save time, you can download their free image compression software from the website.

Image Optimizer Online

 File Minimizer by Balesio

File Minimizer is a free productive tool that allows you to compress large image files within seconds. If you want to compress multiple images in bulk then this software is best option for you. First of all download and install this tool.Then import the images you want to compress or shrink. This tool provides you 3 different levels of image compression by default.

  • Low Compression – By selecting this option, you images will be compressed as much as possible without affecting the quality of photo. For taking print outs of image files, this compression level is the best.
  • Standard Compression – A medium level compression that is best recommended for using images anywhere like in MS Word documents, PowerPoint, for Blogger etc.
  • High Compression – This is the maximum level of image compression with a little effect on the quality of image. When high quality image is not your priority then this option is recommended.

Along with these compression levels, you may also define custom image compression level by selecting the preferable screen size and the required percentage of image quality.

File minimizer Software

 

Paint.Net

Paint.net is basically you can say an advanced version of default MS Paint program in Windows. You can use it for drawing as well as you can do simple editing of your photos with the help of this software. With a number of extra tools and features, this handy paint tool can also be used to compress large images. When you click on the save button after opening the required image in paint.net, it will give you option to select the required quality of image. The image will be compressed according to the quality selected by you. For better results it is recommended not to decrease the quality too much and set it to default quality.

Paint.Net

Compress Images in WordPress

For WordPress bloggers here is a nice plugin that will help them to compress images uploaded on their WordPress blog. The plugin is named as Smush.it and it is recommended by Yahoo and developed by WPMU developers. This plugin will automatically strip out unused colors and meta data from JPEGs and will compress your images without affecting their quality. Every image you add to any post or page will be automatically optimized and it will also improve your blog loading time. You can also compress all previously uploaded images from the media directory with the help of this plugin.

smush.it - WordPress image compression

Download Smush.It Plugin

Bonus Tips

  1. Whenever transparency of .PNG images is not required then it is preferable to convert the format of image to jpeg.
  2. If the image is not animated then recommended option is to convert it into jpeg.
  3. .BMP images also take more space and you can easily compress them just by converting them to .JPEG format.

There are many online image format converter tools and you can find a good one by clicking here. It will allow you to convert any image to JPG format as well as you can change the image size, quality, colors etc.

So, that’s all about Image Compression tools and I hope that you will enjoy these free services. Cheers!

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