Save for web feature in Photoshop for image size reduction


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Save for web feature in Photoshop for image size reduction, would this be the simplest way for a beginner (like myself) to try and save on (some) loading time without losing too much quality.

I am using images for my menu buttons, background, header, post page, etc etc

I have only just found this save for web feature and I was wondering does it really help in image size or does it not make that much difference.

Is there any other option?

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PS: if you mark my question down please could you give an explanation why so I know what not to do next time - as I am new to these question forums too!

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6/18/2012 1:16:00 AM

Yes. In many cases the Save for web feature will reduce your file sizes. This is because in addition to allowing you to change the quality of your image (for example, jpeg quality 10 to 100), it also strips out a lot of unnecessary (for web purposes) metadata from your images like camera model, time the photo was taken, white balance, and so on.

Using "save as" and adjusting the quality manually usually retains this information (assuming it's there to begin with) so you will usually not get as small file sizes as you would using "save for web".

For a detailed explanation, see this page.

You may also be interested in trying out Riot (Radical Image Optimization Tool--Windows only, I believe). When I'm sharing images with friends and I want to remove the metadata, I usually use this since it keeps the image in its original quality, and a photo from my digital camera that might have been 4MB drops down to under 1MB, just to give you an idea of how much metadata some pictures have.

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6/18/2012 3:13:00 AM

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