Have you heard the expression, “A picture is worth a thousand words?”
No one is sure where this phrase got started, but one thing is for certain: its truthfulness. When someone lands on your website, the very first thing they’ll notice is the quality of the images.
What kind of message are your images sending about your brand? Is it time to think about improving image quality and adding that “wow” factor to your user experience?
Here are five expert tips for editing website images.
1. Use the Right Image Editing Tools
With so many powerful, easy-to-use tools, there’s no excuse to have subpar images on your website. Consider using some of these programs and websites for your image editing needs:
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Lightroom
- Skylum Luminar
- Corel PaintShop Pro
Each program includes tutorials so you can understand each feature. From increasing saturation or contrast to cropping and sharpening, you can do all that and more with these image editing tools.
2. Apps for Editing Website Images
You don’t have to use your desktop computer to get high-quality images. Try one of these editing apps on your smartphone:
- Photoshop Camera
- Facetune 2
Each of these apps is available for both Apple and Android devices.
3. Converting to PNG
Would you like to have more flexibility with different image sizes, filters, and transparency? Your best bet is to change JPG to PNG images.
What’s the difference? PNG files handle high-contrast, detailed images very well. There’s also no loss of quality no matter how many times the image is resized, compressed, or saved.
Programs like Adobe Spark make this conversion process as easy as a few clicks. Simply upload your photo, hit “convert,” and download your new PNG image.
4. Consider Image Composition
How much do you know about the Rule of Thirds? This rule (and many others) are one of the first things beginner photographers learn to make high-quality, engaging photos.
Even if you’re not taking your own photos, you can crop stock images for optimal composition. Imagine that there’s a grid of two evenly-spaced vertical lines and two evenly-spaced horizontal lines that dissect the image. Position the focal point at one of the four intersections for the most captivating image.
5. Compress Images for Business Websites
Too many large images are one of the main reasons websites take a long time to load. And a slow-loading website is the number one reason why people “bounce” away to a competitor site.
Now that you’ve spent time improving image quality, you need to ensure they don’t slow down your site. Use one of the programs listed above to resize each image. If that’s too complicated, install an image compressor plug-in on your website to automatically optimize and resize the images for you.
Start Improving Image Quality Today
You don’t have to be a professional photographer to take, edit, or upload high-quality images. By using the tips listed above, anybody can start improving image quality for their website!
Now that you know how to edit images for your site, what’s next? Our blog is full of interesting articles like this one, so stay right here and keep learning!