TinyPNG: Compression Tool for Designers and Developers
TinyPNG is my favorite PNG compression tool: it’s fast, free, and incredibly simple! If you’re not currently obsessed with reducing your image file sizes, check it out–you’ll feel so good about reducing your website’s load time, you’ll never go back. Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with TinyPNG, it’s just a handy tool that I want every web designer to know about!
Smart, Lossless PNG Compression
TinyPNG specializes in smart, lossless PNG compression. By selectively reducing the colors in your image through the combining of similar colors (a process called “quantisation”), along with stripping any unnecessary metadata and converting the image to an 8-bit PNG, TinyPNG is able to significantly reduce file size.
At What Cost?
Smaller file size usually equals lower image quality. But, that’s not the case with TinyPNG–the reduced file size causes a nearly unnoticeable change in image quality. Take a look at the example from TinyPNG.com:
This first image is an original transparent PNG. File size: 57 KB.
This next image is the result of the original transparent PNG being run through TinyPNG. File size: 16 KB. This is a reduction of more than 70% and the change in quality is hardly noticeable to the naked eye.
What About You?
What image compression tools do you use for web images? Do you use TinyPNG, or do you know of another great tool? Leave a message in the comments and let me know!