Tools to help designers with image optimization

For a website to work faster, proper image optimization plays a very significant role. There are different ways to optimize an image. For optimization, the image is compressed keeping the size and the quality of the picture as it is. There are a variety of tools and tips which help designers in image optimization. The following are some tips and tools that might assist designers with image optimization.

1) Choose the Right Format

Choose the right format by Saad Raja

Choosing the right kind of format for a picture plays a vital role in image optimization. Images can be exported in Photoshop and Illustrator. There are file types which are designed to be used for specific purposes; for example, PNGs are used for smooth illustrations, JPEGs are used for images with large size, and SVGs are used for scalability. A designer should know which type of format is required and should be used.

2) Use a CDN

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Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a server which works all across the globe and delivers files faster than the web.  CDN is usually set up for static files. Approximately $2-$4 dollars are to be paid per month for the server. The trick is to find an affordable CDN.

3) Optimization

Compression plays a crucial role in the optimization of an image. There are different tools available online which help in the optimization of an image. Compressor.io is a tool which helps you compress images on the web after you have uploaded them from your computer. Tiny PNG enables you to compress PNG and JPEG files, EZGIF helps to compress animated GIFs, and WP Smushit is used to compress the files which are uploaded to Word Press.

4) Image size

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The size and nature of an image play a crucial role in the overall execution of the site. Sites using retina display support the @2x image. However, it is recommended that @1x image should be loaded first while the page is loading.

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