Whether you use images stored on your own device or download photos from a stock library, you will need to decrease their sizes. Apart from Photoshop, which can be difficult to use for some people, there are a number of tools that can easily get the job done. The list includes
- I Love IMG
With each of these tools, you are able to simply upload your images, enter the most suitable dimensions and hit “resize.” You will be able to download the new image to your device and then use it on your blog.
Another way to reduce your image size is by cropping. This is rather useful for screenshots and video grabs that may contain details that are not needed in the final image you want to use. You may also crop stock images in instances where you want to isolate a particular detail from the rest of the photo. There are various ways to crop an image, including the use of basic tools such as Microsoft Paint.
One issue you might come across when reducing image sizes is how to figure out the best dimensions for your use case. Luckily, there are recommended image sizes that serve as guidelines for content marketers.
With WordPress, for instance, 1200 x 630 pixels is usually the recommended image size for blog posts. For feature images, though, the recommended size is 1200 x 900 pixels, while header images can be 1048 x 250 pixels. With that said, the specific size may differ based on the blog theme or layout being used.