Using GIMP To Scale Images
I was helping a Wealthy Affiliate member in Live Chat the other day who was having some issue with the speed of his website.
There are many things that can slow down a site but one of the most common ways is having images that are too big.
There are various methods of scaling down and optimizing images but I use GIMP for scaling and then WP Smush to optimize.
Today I’m going to show you how using GIMP to scale images can help with site speed.
GIMP is a free software program which you can download very easily; just follow the instructions on the screen.
Now, I admit I’m not very proficient using GIMP for creating masterpieces but I use it to scale every image I put on my websites.
Once GIMP is installed you need to follow these steps to scale down you image.
From the top menu click ‘File’ and then ‘Open’
Select the image from your computer that you want to scale and double click to show it on the GIMP screen.
Right click on the image and then hover over ‘Image’ as shown in the screenshot below
You’ll see this set of options. Click on ‘Scale Image’ as shown.
You’ll see a screen similar to this one
For the image size I always bring the Width to 1000px. If you click on the height it will automatically scale to the correct dimensions. Click ‘Scale’.
From the ‘File’ menu choose ‘Export As’ and rename your image and click ‘Export’.
In the box that pops up, make sure the Compression is a 9 and click ‘Export’
Now ‘save the changes’.
That’s it. Simples!!
I’ve made a video recording of this training if you are more of a ‘visual’ learner. You can access it here.
I suggest you use an image compression plugin to help with optimizing the image. I use WP Smush but over at Wealthy Affiliate they have already installed EWWW Image Optimizer if you wish to use it. For some training on how to use the EWWW Image Optimizer click here.
I hope you’ve found this little post helpful. I know it made a huge difference to my site speed when I optimized my images. For more about Site Speed optimization click here.