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How to resize images without using Photoshop

Image resizing

How to resize images without using Photoshop

Making sure the images you are uploading to your website are not too big is essential, as larger images take up too much space on your website hosting server and can result in your website taking longer to load, creating a bad user experience.

Resizing your images before uploading them to your site will make sure you don’t have any problems with your website in the future, but what if you don’t have access to Adobe Photoshop?

The below guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to resize your images without using Photoshop, ensuring your images are optimised for page speed and are not too much of a drain on the web server.

How to check the current size of your image

This is the first thing you need to do. Go to the image in your Files and right-click on it. Then select ‘Properties’ from the menu.

Image 1 Checking the current size of your image

This will then load up the following screen:

Image 2 Checking the current size of your image

The size of your image is displayed here.

How to resize images below 5MB

Let’s start with smaller images. If your image is less than 5MB in size, you can use the website Tinypng.com to upload it.

Image 3 TinyPNG website for images under 5MB

All you need to do is click on the image upload box at the top of the page.

Image 4 TinyPNG site with circle to show were to upload image

Once you have done this, the following window will appear:

Image 5 Find image on your PC you want to resize

You then need to search for your image and click the ‘Open’ button.

Image 6 Upload image from PC to TinyPNG

The image will then be shown on the site as being uploaded, which looks like the below:

Image 7 Image Uploading to PNG and Compressing

Once the image has been uploaded, the progress bar will show the status as ‘Compressing’.

Image 8 Image being compressed

Once this is done, the site will tell you that it is finished, and you will then be able to download the image. To do this, click the download button.

Image 9 Image ready to be downloaded

You can then upload the image to your website.

How to resize images above 5MB

If your image is more than 5MB in size, use Compressjpeg.com instead.

You first need to click the ‘Upload Files’ button.

Image 10 CompressJPEGcom website for images over 5MB Upload Button

You will then be asked to select the image you wish to compress. Find the image and click ‘Open.’

Image 11 Find your image on your PC for CompressJPEG

The image will then be uploaded and compressed. Once this is complete, the website will show the below. Click the ‘Download’ button.

Image 12 Download your compressed image CompressJPEG Copy

The image will be downloaded to your device. You will then need to check the image size again – if it’s still greater than 1MB, you will need to click the image. This will expand the image underneath the download box. Scroll down past the download section and you will come to the below screen:

Image 13 Adjust the quality of your image if greater than 700KB

You will then need to adjust the Quality number on the right.

Image 14 Set quality of the image on CompressJPEG

It is recommended to set the quality to around 40. Once this has been done, click ‘Apply.’

Image 15 Press Apply button to Set the quality of your image CompressJPEG

Now, scroll up and click the ‘Download’ button again to download the smaller version of the image.

Image 16 Scroll back up and re download your image from CompressJPEG

Once you have downloaded the image, it will be ready for you to upload to your website.

At Engage Web, we are able to provide you with professional stock photography for your website as part of our Fresh Start package. Speak to our team today for more details.

Jonathon Roberts

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