Saturday, January 9, 2010

Optimizing Pictures for Web

This post is not party related... Well, I was wondering why my images didn't look so good on the web as they looked on my camera and why they took so much space if I compressed them a lot! I specially noticed this when I looked at other pics on Etsy that were stunning! Well I was saving them in the wrong format! Maybe all of you already knew and I am the last person on the web to know, but when you save pics for the web, the format will depend on the picture itself.

JPEG - best for pictures!
GIF - best for clipart!
PNG - when you have lots of colors but want transparency!

The picture above was saved in JPEG and only takes 15 seconds to download at 28.8 Kbps, compared to 55 sec in GIF and 48 sec in PNG. Also the JPEG in this case is a lot better quality, stunning in fact! You can click to see a larger version. I am so happy I found this and my pics will be a lot better on the web from now on. No more grainy pics for me!

What simple thing have you discovered lately that you want to share?


  1. Awesome! I didn't know this. New to your beautiful blog - following you now! Hope you're having a great weekend :)

  2. Great tip! I am not good at all at photography. Have any tips for taking pics of cakes?

  3. Mmm, Any tips for pics of cakes? Well, I am no expert... but I try to use natural light only (no flash!), try to get as close as you can, use uncluttered backgrounds, the image must be as sharp as it can be and make non-traditional crops. Hope this works!

  4. Stainless Steel wipes... they are fabulous!

    ps- i thought your pics were crazy great before!

  5. I thought your photos were fabulous, but this info is great! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. I have no tips. My photos are average and my photo ummm... perhaps failing! Love the polka dot papers!

  7. That photo is amazing!! This was a great tip to post and I have to agree with the others and say your photos have always been spectacular! :)

  8. How sweet of you post something like this so we can lern more to improve our blogs ;)


  9. Thanks girls! When I learn another thing I will make sure to post it here for all of you!


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