Optimise your images!

When you include images on your page, remember that they contain a lot of data and therefore can be slow to load. One way to reduce the size (by size I mean Kb) is to reduce the dimensions. Cutting the length and width in half results in an image only 1/4 the size in Kb. Also you can reduce the number of colors. For example:

Dimensions 557 x 470
Size - 69 Kb
 
Dimensions 275 x 232
Size- 30 Kb
Dimensions 275 x 232
Size - 12 Kb


sine dubio the first one is a larger, nicer and better quality picture, but think of it this way... if your page takes forever to load, your visitors will probably leave and they won't see anything.

Just to see how much images can be reduced, use the file/save for the web option in Adobe photoshop. You can also try the GIF Optimizer below. You send it your image, and it comes back progressively more "optimized". Note that the GIF Optimizer is not actually a part of this tutorial. It is a program that resides on another computer. This is just an interface and you must be online to use it.

GIF Optimizer
GifOptimizer is a FREE, online tool that reduces the file size of GIF images up to 75%, allowing web pages to load faster. Optimization is achieved in four simple steps:
  1. Upload the GIF to the GIF Optimizer server.
  2. Reduce the number of colors used in the image. This step also removes extra data and comments from the GIF.
  3. Reduce the height and width of the image.
  4. Save the optimized GIF to your computer for use on your website.
GifOptimizer can reduce the file size of GIF images (up to 150K in size),
even animated GIFs. Use it as often as you like, there's never any charge.
Step 1: Upload GIF
Remote File
If the image you want to optimize is located somewhere on the Web:
  1. Enter the GIF's URL into the field below. (Be sure to enter the url of the gif itself, not the url of the page it is on.)
  2. Press the "Upload" button.
(Example: http://www.somewhere.com/coolimage.gif )

Local File
If the image you want to use is located on your computer: (Internet Explorer users must have at least version 3.02 and the 3.02 add-on available here to use this feature.)
  1. Press the Browse button below.
  2. Locate the GIF image on your hard drive.
  3. Press the "Upload" button.


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