Optimizing images is very essential for bloggers because aside from making the pictures look more brilliant, it also speeds up the loading time of the website/blog. We all know that many internet users do not want to wait for a long time so if your blog takes 1 minute to load completely, then don’t expect that your visitor will come back again. I know you don’t want this to happen so if your website has many pictures, make sure that you optimize each of them before uploading it to your site. In this way, you can increase the loading time of your blog by up to 50%! But remember that there are still other factors that slows down the loading time of your blog and optimizing images is just one way to improve it.
I know many of you do not optimize your images anymore because it’s a bit time-consuming, but remember that this is very important. There are a lot of websites that offer “online image optimizer” but this time, I will show you some “free image optimizer software”. What’s good about this? Aside from they are free, you can still use it even if you’re not connected to the internet and it’s less hassle because you don’t have to upload the images to the website and download it again to your desktop.
Check out these Image Optimizer Software:
Actually, Image Optimizer lets you optimize images on their website but as I said, it’s a hassle to upload the images to their website and then download it again after optimizing the images. Good thing they have an Image Optimizer software which we can download for free!
Image Optimizer software is fast and it can optimize images in bulk!
There are two ways to optimize images using Image Optimizer:
First is optimizing a single image.
After you install the Image Optimizer on your PC, you will see an option named “Optimize Here” on the context menu (when you right-click on a picture).
After clicking this option, the image you have selected will be optimized by the program’s default values.
Second is optimizing all images in a folder.
When you right-click on a folder, you will see an option named “Optimize Images” on the context menu.
After clicking this option, it will automatically optimize all the images inside the folder and the program will create a new folder with a name like “<your folder name> – Optimized” and all the optimized images will be stored there.
While optimizing images, the window below will appear:
When the process is completed, the window below will appear:
Please take note that some of the images that the program will optimize will have a watermark on the bottom right side of the picture.
Ashampoo Photo Optimizer Free is really great because it transforms a picture to a livelier, brighter, lighter, sharper and have a stronger contrast in just one-click!
It’s so easy to use! After installing the program, just open it and search for a picture/folder with images that you want to optimize. You can optimize all the images in a folder by clicking the “Optimize All” button on the bottom-left side of the window.
You can also optimize a single image by clicking the Optimize button at the lower-center of the window.
If you didn’t like the result, you can “Undo” it and don’t worry because Ashampoo Photo Optimizer Free always makes a back up of your pictures so you can restore it anytime.
Shrink O’Matic is an Adobe AIR application that allows you to easily batch resize (shrink) images. It’s so easy to use, simply drag and drop images and they will be resized as you wish!
4. JPG Cleaner
JPG Cleaner is simple but powerful utility for cleaning JPG files from anything that is not picture data. Commonly used programs such as Adobe Photoshop are writing additional information into JPG file that isn’t needed for correctly displaying the picture.
A tool for stripping/cleaning/removing unnecessary meta data (junk) from JPG/JPEG/JFIF & PNG files. The image quality is not affected. Includes command line support. Just specify a folder or file on the command line.
PNGGauntlet is a .NET program that uses Ken Silverman’s PNGOUT to optimize PNG files. Many PNG files output by popular graphics software packages like Photoshop or even Fireworks are not as small as they could be – PNGGauntlet squeezes the last bit of size out of them. Furthermore, no information is lost during this process – the only thing that changes is the file size.
Radical Image Optimization Tool or RIOT is a free image optimizer that will let you to visually adjust compression parameters while keeping minimum file size. You can also download the plug-in for IrfanView. You can access the RIOT plug-in from IrfanView by selecting File->Save for web.