When you’re uploading a picture to your website, or sending it to someone via email, you generally want the file to be as small as possible. After all, the larger it is, the longer it takes to load. What’s interesting is that reducing the size of a picture won’t necessarily reduce the quality. And when I say “reduce the size” I don’t mean that you’re changing the dimensions of an image, but rather how much space it’s taking up on your computer. So how do you compress an image? There are plenty of tools available, including Free Photo Converter.
This simple web app only has three functions. It can resize, compress or change the format of an image. Just browse your computer for the image you want, select the format (JPG is the default), the quality (on a scale of 100) and click the checkbox for resizing (and enter the dimensions). You can even choose whether or not you want to get rid of the EXIF metadata when you make the conversion. I’ve used this, mostly for compressing images, and found that it works fairly well on medium-sized photos. Setting the quality on 80 seemed to achieve the best file size while leaving the image looking virtually unchanged. There also appears to be a downloadable Windows app that will give you the same functions, but at the time of writing, the link is broken.