Thanks to Cynthia LaLuna I found the next best thing to my expensive Photoshop program that rests currently on an older computer: During the last years I had changed several models of computers and laptops – not being able to switch this prohibitive expensive Photoshop program to more than three devices. Sure Adobe wants to sell more of its premium software – but this can also backslash – dozens of new and mostly free programs offer image enhancements.
“Real” graphic designers need Adobe Photoshop, no question, but when you just need to crop, sharpen or re-size images Web Resizer – the free online photo resizing tool does the job – online and ***without having to download any programs!*** And it does even two functions in one shot: sharpening and re-sizing.
I tried it out, as I needed an image for a website in a certain size – and received amazing results. The image was not only much “sharper”, but also 97% “smaller” (exactly the amount I wanted), with less pixels but with way more contrast.
I only needed to choose the file, upload the image and got it back in a second, ready to download. Everything was done online, I did not need to upload complicated software. I remember very vivid what a hassle this was when I downloaded the Adobe Photoshop program.
More Success with Enhanced Photos
Which types of image characteristics drive more likes, and are re-pinned or re-tweeted more often? Curalate found a few interesting results when their science finding team looked at over 8 million image features on Instagram and Pinterest, such as lightness, color, texture and background ratio.
Which Images are Most Popular:
- Images with multiple dominant colors have 3.25 times more re-pins per image than images with a single dominant color.
- Textured images and close-ups also generated more engagement.
- Very light and very dark images are not re-pinned as often. The re-pinning rate for images of medium lightness is 20 times higher than for images that are mostly black, and eight times higher than images that are mostly white.
How Else Can Webresizer Help
Besides optimizing* images for fast upload on websites, blogs and your avatar, (and the automatic sharpening) you can choose the image quality, rotate the image, crop to a new width and height. Another feature I like, is changing photos to monochrome colors. Exposure, contrast and color saturation can also be changed and you can add a border and edges. Click “apply changes”, and on top of it, next to the image, click on “download this image”. You will see the letters “opt” in your image name, which means optimized. However, always keep the original image for your files, don’t discard them. You never know how you might need them one day.
*Cynthia LaLuna explains this most important feature to have faster websites: “For the best performance, you never want to upload an image to your site that is LARGER than you need it to be and just tell WordPress to make it 70% of its original size. That puts load on the server to do the math each and every time the image is loaded, and users are actually downloading the oversized image over and over again.”
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