Have you ever noticed how some of the most popular mobile games on the App Store (or Google Play for that matter) feature top-quality images, yet the images load almost instantaneously? It’s the best of both worlds, isn’t it? If only there was a simple way to compress your images on the fly while ensuring the quality of the original image remained intact.
Well, there is! There are a number of fantastic tools that you can use to compress your in-game images before uploading them to the App Store, and the best part about it? They’re free! Below are the best tools you can use to compress your images while ensuring they still appear top-quality.
One of the latest (and greatest) image optimization tools on this list, Compressor.io is awesome in that it allows users to compress four popular file types:
Moreover, the tool also provides users with an option to perform lossless or lossy compression, ensuring you that no matter how compressed you need your image to be, it will still look incredible. With a 10MB limit (meaning most of your images should be able to be compressed without a problem, Compressor.io is one of the quickest and easiest ways to compress your in-game images.
The only problem with Compressor.io? You cannot compress multiple images simultaneously. It’s not the end of the world, but the feature would take out most of the busy work behind compressing images. Still, for what it does, it does very well.
And speaking up compressing multiple files simultaneously…
Yahoo’s Smush.it is able to do exactly this: in fact, you can basically compress every image you have at one time. Giving you the option to select how many upload fields you need, Smush.it takes the busy work out of image compression. Have 50 images that need to be compressed? A few more? Not a problem! Simply find your files that need to be compressed and select the ‘Smush’ button. Supporting GIF, JPEG, and PNG files, Smush.it will compress your images and save them in a downloadable zip file for later. Easy, quick, and free, it’s one of the best image compression tools currently available.
Another easy-to-use tool that’s also quite powerful, CompressNow allows you to choose the percentage of how compressed their image will be. Moreover, it also allows you to see how your compressed image will appear before downloading, allowing you to see for yourself how compressed your image can get before the quality of the image begins to decline. It’s a great, easy way to compress your image as best possible, and again, it’s a tool that is absolutely free!
Using a unique combination of the very best optimization and lossy compression algorithms that shrinks an image’s file to the smallest size possible while keeping the image quality at the standard you require, this is one of the most powerful yet simple to use tools in this list. Allowing you to upload up to 20 files simultaneously (PNG and JPEG formats only), you can also use the tool’s slider to control compression levels and your mouse to compare each image. Best of all? The file is also free!
Worth mentioning: Trimage
Sometimes, life throws us all a curve ball by knocking out our Internet connection. If you need your images to be compressed but do not have access to the free online tools above, consider Trimage. One of the most powerful offline image compression tools out there, Trimage works with Linux, OS X, and Windows; so no matter your OS, Trimage has you covered. Supporting PNG and JPEG files, images in Trimage are losslessly compressed via the best available compression level.
You can even choose to drag and drop your file(s) or upload them into the regular file dialog; you can even begin compressing your files via a command-line interface if you prefer! Simple to use yet quite powerful, it’s one of the best offline image compressor tools you will find.
Do you have any other free image compression tools to suggest that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!