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Nerd Tips 4 Websites To Compress Images And Retain Quality

Save your precious megabytes and keep your images sizes small without making compromises in terms of image quality!

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...You’ve just taken a picture of Genevieve and Kaycee kissing at the beach and want to upload it on your blog instantly. But there’s a snag...the picture is 3.5MB and you have only 2MB left on your data plan. Damn!

Yes, it’s important to keep our images small in size but it’s also damn hard to do so without compromising the quality.

These easy-to-use sites will help you achieve both and you don t have to install anything on your device.

1. TinyPNG.com

As its name says, TinyPNG.com is just for PNG files. It uses smart lossy compression that preserves full alpha transparency to make PNG files (max size of 5MB) smaller, without much visible loss in quality – the difference is most times difficult to spot.

To use it, drop your PNG on the dedicated space on the website or click the space and upload. Once uploaded, the site works its magic and you can download the end result with a very large difference in file size.

2. Webresizer.com

This supports GIF, JPG and PNG formats and uses lossy algorithms to decrease image size and allow you to crop, sharpen, change width and height, adjust contrast, brightness, saturation, or even add tint, exposure or contrast.

You can also decide the amount of quality loss you’re comfortable with (in the case of JPG images).

3. CompressJPEG.com & CompressPNG.com

These are related sites with same interface and both allow you to process a queue of up to 20 files at a time, with drag-and-drop and Select Files options.

CompressJPEG can compress BMP and PNG files, CompressJPEG convert to JPEG first while CompressPNG.com supports BMP, ICO, GIF and JPG files.

Start by clicking the Upload queue. After your files have finished uploading, click the thumbnail of the image you want to adjust to compare the original and the compressed image.

After that, click Compress.

4. Smush.IT

Smush.it is owned by Yahoo! and compresses JPG, PNG and GIF images, without damaging them.

In the Uploader tab, choose the images you want, and then click Smush. After processing’s done, you’ll get a results screen with details underneath it.

You’ll be able to download your optimized images as an archive, or click the link in the ‘details’ table.

If you want more comprehensive web image editing, try the Google+ Image Editor, which can also add HDR effects but requires Chrome for desktops and app on Android devices.

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