Being able to add photos to your website on your own helps you keep your site up to date and fresh without additional expense. Small Biz Studio allows you to add photos on any page, 24/7. In addition, built in tools help you create custom photo galleries and slide shows in minutes.
Photos are an important part of any website. In order for your photos to load quickly and fit on your page, they must be sized and compressed before placing them on the site. Popular software like Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements have a "save for web" feature that helps you reduce the file size for quicker loading.
Picnik.com is a free online program for sizing and compressing photos. Click on the link below and start preparing your photos for your website immediately. Use the Resize feature initially to size the photo for your site (usually 350-600 pixels in width). The height will adjust automatically. Then use the share and save feature to save your photo as a medium size jpeg (around 7 on the 1 to 10 scale).
Free Photo Editing Software
Another good program that is easy to use id Paint Shop Pro from Corel Software (formally JASC). Click on the link below to download a free trial version that is fully functional and last for 60 days.
How To Edit Photos For Your Website
To edit a photo using Paint Shop Pro, click on "Open" and select the photo you want to edit from your computer files.
Click on "View" and select "Normal" to see the actual size of the photo.
Click on "Image" and choose "Resize".
Choose the width in pixels. Try 450 to start, or adjust to your preference. Large photos load slower, so keep the photo relatively small if possible.
Click on "Adjust" (or effects in some versions) and choose "Sharpness". Sharpen 1 time only.
Click on "File" and choose "Export".
Slide your cursor to the right and down to choose "JPEG Optimizer"
Save the file to a folder for your project. Rename the file to an easy to remember file name for later reference.
There are many ways to add your edited photo to your site in Small Biz Studio. In a text paragraph, place your cursor where you want to e photo to load and click on the small picture in the tool bar above the text paragraph. You can then browse your computer file to find your edited photo. Double click on the file name and the photo will load in the test paragraph.