Reduce your image storage sizes with these tools
Written by Erick Olivares
Are you trying to reduce your website’s page load speeds or trying to save space on a HDD? We’ve outlined a couple of impactful tools to help you on cut down on the bytes. These tools work on different platforms, WordPress, Macs, or are browser based, just make sure you find what you’re looking for.
TinyPNG – tinypng.com
TinyPNG is one of the best tools for reducing your image file sizes while preserving quality. This tool will save images transparency and it’s one of the quickest ways to reduce file sizes on the fly.
You can upload up to 5mb per image and 20 total images with their free version. If you wish to upgrade to PRO for $25 USD / year , you’ll be allowed to upload up to 25mb/ image and with no cap on how many you can upload.
TinyPNG also has a Photoshop which they sell for $65. This is great for reducing the image sizes in bulk with the help of a Photoshop action.
The WordPress plugin works well if you’re comfortable with paying as you go, up to 500 images and you’ll need to enable your API key for this to work on your website.
WP Smush – wordpress.org/plugins/wp-smushit
WP Smush is a WordPress plugin, which will compress images as you upload to WordPress Media Gallery. Options include built-in image resizing, ability to compress images in your directory- beyond the wordpress media gallery and strips unused data without affecting image quality.
There “bulk smash” tool is a nifty feature which will go through your media gallery and compress images in bulk.
WP Smush will only allow you to compress 50 images / month for free. After this limit is reached there’s a $49 subscription fee for the premium version of the plugin, which apparently you can use on unlimited sites.
Imageoptim – imageoptim.com
For Mac Users, you can download this drag & drop application straight onto your computer for free.
This app will reduce your file sizes and it will also remove metadata from digital cameras, embedded thumbnails, comments, etc.