No matter if you are a blogger, a company website publisher or work on several small niche pages, pictures are always of the interesting point. Actually, it’s not only the headlines that attract a potential reader and lead to the click, but it’s the large graphics which with their colors and representations, give an interesting part to the eye so it magnetically captures to the certain area.
“A picture says more than a thousand words,” we’ve all heard it at school, and it still agree with this truth. Images are more powerful than words, because they are transmitted directly to the brain, and we can be directly understood.
Images are very important so I want to show you my favorite tools for edit, optimize and compress images for you.
There are different features of image editors. Some people wants to remove a pimple, the other want to transform a cat to become a lion. Here are top 3 images editor for you.
1. Affinity Photo (Windows & MacOS)
The most powerful Photoshop alternative on the market. It works on both OS X and Windows. Its interface is very intuitive and is close to enough to Photoshop, it offers almost as many features as Adobe’s software, so you don’t have to learn a new software from the start. The Affinity Photo already suggested as a professional photo editing software. The Affinity company has shown that they understand what customers want.
No subscription, no hidden costs, so the opposite of what Adobe currently offers. For just $49.99, you get the full version, which is as powerful as Photoshop. If you don’t believe, look for yourself.
2. Pixelmator (MacOS)
Only for MacOS, but very sophisticated with regular updates and good performance. Definitely, not powerful as Photoshop, it seems to me sometimes, but nevertheless for almost all tasks well usable.
I use it myself because I often want to edit pictures quickly and easily and exactly for this Pixelmator is quite ideal. Costs only $29.99, it’s really cheap.
3. Pixeluvo (Windows & Linux)
Absolutely, I wanted to call a Linux alternative completely. I know there is a software called Gimp, but for me, I have never become warm with Gimp. If you only have very simple work to do, just change size, filter, and adjust colors on your pictures, in my opinion, with Pixeluvo will be the best photo editor for you. Because it is minimalistic and effective, fast and not overcharged. I would still use it today, but unfortunately, there’s no the version for MacOS.
Don’t misunderstand, it’s not even as powerful as Photoshop, but how many bloggers needs all the features of Photoshop? Simply, Pixeluvo has always helped me so much. Because it eats little resources and still has everything I need to quickly adjust images. More is not always better, sometimes less in a graphics program is much more useful because faster and easier to use.
If you don’t want to download and install the above-recommended softwares so the online tool is your best alternative choice. It’s fast and easy!
Definitely, after I published this article a few days ago, I received an email from Candy of PearlMountain Limited requested me to include their tool into my list. Then, I checked their tool and tried it a few hours before I decided to suggest to you.
Now, I’m very happy to introduce the all-in-one online tool for graphic design, photo editing, and editing photo collages, it’s “FotoJet”. It’s a web app that could probably be the best alternative to some offline software for bloggers and vloggers. It offers a lot of difference templates such as for Facebook cover, Instagram post, Twitter Header, Tumblr Banner, Pinterest Graphic, Google+ Cover, and more other templates, even gives access to the online resources and also can upload your own photos to create a beautiful eye-catching photo.
Especially, FotoJet.com offer free basic version so you can create everything with a basic set of offerings. However, there is a paid premium account too. It provides you with no ads, a mass gallery of templates, fonts, and clipart, etc. Plus, more friendly support as their subscription customers. Give them a try!
Disclaimer: I recommend it with my own honest review without compensation, not just because they requested me.
Now, Compression and optimization of images have become easy and thanks to many tools. In an image contains metadata and image information, which is unimportant and invisible to most users, so we should remove them to make our images lightly. Image compression is the best way to reduce images size for keeping your website faster.
Here are my favorite websites and software which allow you compress and optimize your images without losing its quality.
1. Imagify (WordPress and Online)
The Imagify tool comes from the developers behind WP Rocket. Like the caching plugin, Imagify tries to simplify image optimization in WordPress. This works well, but not better or more efficiently than elsewhere.
There are 3 optimization levels such as Normal, Aggressive, and Ultra. The aggressive level of Imagify is interesting for me. This level reduces the size drastically, but with quality loss. Imagify offers a free plan which includes 2MB Ma file size and 25MB/month of optimizations.
2. ImageOptim (MacOS)
ImageOptim is the classic among the offline tools. Operates efficiently, cleanly and reliably for years. Does what it should. Reduces all kinds of image files, especially PNGs, to an absolute minimal. This Super Tool has been with me for felt eternities in the usage.
3. Optimage (MacOS & Windows)
First: The Windows version is not yet available. Otherwise, the Optimage tool works like ImageOptim and shrinks images. No better or worse than others, at least in my tests. Wait for Windows version in the future because Optimage has been just released but it has a lot of features planned. So let’s hope for the best.
4. Riot (Windows)
This is the best Windows alternative for ImageOptim. Say “Hi” to Riot. Its main settings are selected live and immediately visible. For example, the quality can be reduced as far as just bearable, in order to achieve the perfect file size, with the similarly good images. For all those who like to optimize to the limit and want to get everything out, such a procedure may be worthwhile.
5. Compressor.io (Online)
Whenever it has to be fast, comes to Compressor.io. Why? Because images can be dragged directly through drag’ n ‘drop and can be selected online immediately between “Lossless” and “Lossy” (thus with quality loss and without). Sure, at home I have my ImageOptim run, but on the road or at a strange notebook is not. For such cases, I like the online tool, because I don’t need a login or any requirements.
6. Trimage (Linux)
Now I could say that Linux users should simply use an online variant. I’m used to be a long Ubuntu users in the past but mainly because of software, I switched to Windows, and then MacOS. Be that as it may, Trimage also fulfills its purpose and is the best alternative for Linux users.
A few words at the end!
Admittedly, the compression tools now have become a very important for bloggers and website publishers. As a friendly user of MacOS, Windows and Linux users, I’m pretty happy with these tools because I am a fan of optimizations. Especially, in the case of pictures!
Give them a try! You will receive a super speed on your websites completely.
If you liked the recommendations or you have your own, I would be happy to see in the comment box.