Conversion rate of modern e-commerce sites greatly depend on product images and their visual appeals. Thus, high quality images taken from various angles are mandatory to offer the best user experiences even in retina display for mobile devices users.
Clarity, image size, resolutions, and loading factors are tough equations to manage during designing and developing an ecommerce storefront.
Therefore, we need high-end image editing and compressing tools to employ on it. Let’s learn some value adding lessons in this post.
Role of Photo Processing Software in E-Commerce Web Design
Among the many tools for photo processing, modern photo processing software like Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks, etc. are offering legacy and modern image optimization tools within their software interface. Many of them allow extensions, plug-ins, or 3rd party software to compress the images at outstanding levels.
For instance, recent release of Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 has the best-of-breed software solutions in form of legacy feature including “Save for Web” as well as the latest new feature including “Export As”. No doubt, new “Export As” feature has multiple advantages and advance compression algorithms work in memory.
If you want to access “Export As” dialog box, you need to go to File>Export>Export As. The resulting export dialog box comes with selection freedom for file type, image quality in percentage, and image resolution.
Moreover, we can compare compressed images with original image in dual windows running parallel sides. Thus, we can gain good quality image with small enough file size.
Role of Photo Compression Tools in E-Commerce Web Design
Sometimes, we can afford high-end photo processing software like Photoshop on all our working devices, except in our labs. Therefore, either we need some image compression tools running online on the web or we can download and install on our computing devices with the least memory & procession power consumption.
If you run query on the search engines on web, you will end up with plenty of paid and free image compression tools for various levels of requirements for beginners to advance users. Let me give you lists of some web-based, working online, image compression tools as well as downloadable, working offline, image compression tools.
- PNG Gauntlet
- Radical Image Optimization Tool (RIOT)
- Trimage (Linux, OS X, Windows)
- JPEGmini (Linux server, OS X, Windows)
- Compress PNG
- JPEG Reducer
- JPEG Optimizer
- Compress JPEG
- Online WebP Converter
- Online Image Optimizer
- Compress Now
- Shrink Pictures
- Image Optimizer
Unfortunately, not all open source backend support their uploading and you have to rely on either web-based link or traditional image format with some compromises. Whereas, downloadable software has different advantages for developers working on the fly and need instant results.
Role of Photo Processing Scripts in E-Commerce Web Design
It is true that the use of programming scripts to compress images, yields e-commerce product images with beauty and performance in terms of loading speed. If we look closely each major programming language has image processing libraries or scripts.
Unfortunately, use of script in image compression needs some programming skills and enough experiences to deal efficiently. However, compressing scripts produce terrific results and some good examples of such libraries are listed below:
- GD Library
- Python Imaging Library
- DevIL Image Library
- GraphicsMagick for Node