When you are not a web designer or a graphic designer or anyone who works with images, you may not have the software to crop, manipulate or enhance and compress images for your website. Cropping an image helps to bring the subject matter into focus. Manipulating or enhancing the images improve the quality and sharpness. Compressing images helps to reduce the file size to make it load faster, thus improving your optimization.
So how can you do all those if you don’t have the software? Here are some online resources you can use:
Screen Captures or Screen Shots
You can capture your screen and convert it into an image file. This is helpful when you want a small image (or thumbnail) of a document to link it to the file for downloading, such as newsletters, flyers, time-tables, etc. You can make a capture of whatever is on your screen – a document, a webpage, etc. Hit ‘Print Screen/SysRq’ key on your keyboard. Then go to:
PRINTSCREENSHOT – www.printscreenshot.com
and follow the instructions there.
Cropping and manipulating images
At PIC MONKEY – www.picmonkey.com you can upload your images and use the tools to crop, resize, manipulate or add special effects.
Alternatively, you can also go to PIXLR -pixlr.com.
After saving your images, next, we need to compress them…….
To reduce the file size of your images (less bytes) go to:
JPEG Mini – www.jpegmini.com or TINY PNG – tinypng.com
Name your image files appropriately for what they are, instead of the filenames automatically assigned by your camera.
Why should we use photos/images on a website? Learn more about images for websites.
Compress PDF Files
While on the subject of compressing, you can reduce your PDF files at SMALL PDF – smallpdf.com