As I visit web sites one thing that always get my attention is the amount of time it takes to complete a page download. With web sites using more images to display the content, it can at times take much longer than necessary to finish downloading a page.
The biggest problem with the sites that do use a lot of images on each page is the size of the images. Some who manage web sites don’t realize that images need to be resized outside of the browser to decrease the download size. Specifying the size of an image in the HTML code will only shrink the displaying of the image, not the actual size. To shrink the file sizes you will need an image editor. In this post I will list a few image editors that can be used to edit your images for your web site.
There are many photo and images editors that are available. Some or expensive while others are free. While I haven’t used many editors, I will list those that I have come across. You may have your own preferred editor, but if you don’t you can start by looking at the ones listed below.
Adobe Photoshop (Site) This is the photo/image editor that all others are compared to. This is by far the most popular, but it is also one of the most expensive ($700 – $1000). For those serious about photo editing you can’t go wrong with Photoshop. It is so popular that the name has become a verb. How many times have you heard about a photo being “photoshopped”?
Corel Paint Shop Pro (Site) This is another popular editor and can pretty much do everything you need with images and photos. Compared to Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro is relatively cheap (less than $100). If you don’t have the money for Photoshop, and are looking for a great editor, then have a look at Paint Shop Pro.
GIMP (Site) If you prefer to look for free alternatives, then look no further than GIMP. The name is an acronym for the GNU Image Manipulation Program. Although it may be free, it is a very powerful photo and image editing software that can run on Unix, Windows, and Mac OSs.
IrfanView (Site) While it isn’t considered an editor, IrfanView does do some basic editing that may be all that you need. The biggest advantage of this tool is that it can view many of the common image formats, which is why it is considered a viewer more than an editor. Besides the viewer capability, the free pricetag is also a good reason to install this application.
While operating systems may come with a free photo/image editor, the ones listed above will provide you with more functionality and control than you could get with an operating system supplied tool. The prices of the tools above may vary, but each one is more than capable of editing your images to your liking.