Reduce Size Of Photos For Online Use

Change The Resolution – Pixel Of Pictures Before Uploading

When uploading images to your blog, it is important to reduce the pixel count before putting them online. Your blog has the feature in the uploader to reduce the picture size after you upload it but this is really not putting a smaller picture on your page. It is only showing a smaller picture. Everytime the page loads, your blog must reduce the image to the size you selected.

This change of resolution takes time and slows your page load time. Take a look at this example:

Change Picture Resolution The picture is 2048 X 1536 pixels. That is a high res photo fit for print. When you ask your blog to reduce the size by selecting a “less than full size” resolution it takes time. It takes just about the same amount of time that it takes for someone to get tired of waiting!

Reduce The Pixels Before Uploading

You can reduce the pixels of the pictures in your camera. Just go into the settings feature and select a lower resolution for the picture to be taken in as your default setting.  This will not affect your image quality if you are planning on uploading them.

Use Gimp To Reduce Photo Size

Gimp is an open source photo editor that is similar to Photoshop. It is free to download and easier to use than PhotoShop. I have also heard people say they use Paint software. Your blog and your visitors will thank you when you reduce the pixel size before you upload your pictures for online viewing.

In the above example I would reduce the photo to about 500-800 pixels wide as a starter, then fine tune it online to the exact size you want.

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    Karen Clark

    If you have a photo editor of any kind, most of them have an option to either optimize for the web, also known as ‘save for web’ too. Very important to do this! You can go to to get a quick evaluation of your site and one of the points it grades you on is large picture files – it will tell you how many and give you a warning if they are too large.


    That is interesting Karen… I did the analysis for and gave me a 97% which of course is good. They said: A website grade of 97/100 for means that of the millions of websites that have previously been evaluated, our algorithm has calculated that this site scores higher than 97% of them in terms of its marketing effectiveness.

    The interesting part of that is that it did not recognize the CACFS blog as part of the analysis. The blog it referenced was THIS ONE which is a different site, domain and hosting account but linked out of the side bar. The CACFS blog was not recognized as a blog. Wonder what the report % would have been if it had as this site has far less authority than CACFS.

    Karen Clark

    Maybe it’s looking for the word ‘Blog’ in the navigation? Then when it didn’t find that it looked for an external blog link vs. the articles? Interesting! And good job by the way! :)


    So, maybe I am in the 100% if they evaluated the right blog! LOL

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