Editing Images

If you are uploading your own images to your website, whether for products in an online shop or possibly inclusion in a news/events article, then it is likely that they will require some editing. The key areas to focus on will be:

  • Crop an image – allows you to quickly remove part of your photo and focus on the relevant area. In the process, called ‘cropping’ you will reduce the size of the image.
  • Resize an image – the typical photo size for a web gallery picture is around 800 pixels – this is large enough on most screens but not too large for the lower quality screens. If appearing in a slideshow then you might want 1000px width for landscape or 800px height for portrait.
  • Reduce the file size (image quality) – you don’t need the highest quality images for a website and the size of the file will also be too big. The larger the file size, the slower your website page will load which might be an irritation to your users. Try and keep images less than 200k.

If you don’t have software available on your PC that you can use, you may want to try online resources below.



Online Resources

ReduceImages website provides a very simple function that allows you to resize using max pixel for either height or width.  If doing multiple images then you may want to do portrait and landscape separately so you can set the max width for landscape and the max height for portrait. It also allows you to reduce the quality level – 80% is generally fine. If the images are still too large then you can go further e.g. 70%

SEE Reduceimages

NB There will be a limit to the number you can do for free without a subscription

There are also a couple of other online resources at Pixelr and Tiny png and you may find others if you Google ‘Reduce Image Size’

Apple Devices / iOS

There is a free app for Apple devices called ‘Image Size

This provides a way of resizing an image on your Apple device e.g. mobile or iPad to an exact dimension. This allows you to get an exact size in px before uploading to the website.

It also has a range of other photo editing tools to perfect your photos too.

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