3 Steps on How to Optimize Images for Your Blogby Kanika Ahuja Digital Marketer
STEP 1: ACQUIRE IMAGERY LEGALLY:
The first thing you need to do, obviously, is get your image. The most common sources are stock photo sites (like Envato and iStock). You can get free images on platforms like Unsplash. Or you can create your own images. Whatever you do, don’t just grab something from Google Images. It’s almost certainly not licensed for you, and we’ve seen rights trolls hit companies with bills for thousands of dollars for unlicensed imagery. Pay a few bucks and resist the temptation.
STEP 2: SIZE YOUR IMAGE:
Once you have your image, you’ll want to size it properly. Most blog layouts are between 650 and 1,024 pixels wide. If you want a full-width image – quite common – use a screenshot app to highlight your entire column, like so: "This will tell you the column width in pixels". Learn more at https://www.digitaltechnology.institute/
If you want something smaller, you can choose just about anything. You typically can’t display an image wider than the content column itself.
Once you have an image size in mind, you’ll need to use software to shrink or crop it properly. The most common software used to optimize images for blogs is Adobe Photoshop. It’s not cheap, but it’s the best of the bunch. (And it’s what we’ll be using in this tutorial.) If you don’t want to invest in a Creative Cloud license to get Photoshop, you can also try free image sizing apps like:
Steps for Blog Image Resizing in Photoshop
- Open your image
- Go to Image >> Image Size in the menu
- Select your desired width (the height will adjust automatically)
- Hit OK
That’s it! Your image is now the right size.
Now it’s time to save your image.
I still like the old-fashioned “Save for Web” command in Photoshop. There are other ways, but this is fine for most basic use cases.
Steps for Saving Blog Images in Photoshop
- Go to File >> Export >> Save for Web (Legacy) in the menu
- Pick your file type. Typically, you want a JPG for a photo and a PNG for a graphic.
- Click Save
That’s it! Your properly sized blog image is now in whatever folder you saved it to.
STEP 3: COMPRESS YOUR IMAGE:
Your image is now properly sized and decent small. But there’s one last step to get it blog-ready: compression. Compression removes as much file size as possible from images without compromising quality. An image saved from Photoshop is darn close to perfectly optimized, but this last step saves you precious page weight.
I like Optimizilla for quick online image compression. It’s fast and extremely easy. You just drag and drop your image, or pick it from an uploader. When it’s done, you download it.
You can see that that image was already pretty well optimized. Optimizilla only chopped 5% off it. But that’s still something! Now that you’ve properly optimized an image for your blog, go ahead and post it! Your readers will thank you for not making them load a bunch of unnecessary data. And Google will reward you, too!
Created on Jan 20th 2020 07:02. Viewed 42 times.
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