Optimize the Hell out of PNGs

image saved with ImageAlpha

Dropped this image from 352kb to 86kb...not bad

I recall a user on Reddit mentioning a small application called ImageAlpha a few weeks back. It was the first I have heard of this software so I thought I would give it a whirl. If it’s new to you too…basically it can dramatically reduce the size of your png files. Hey all of us (at least the web geeks) could use this on our site designs. I was curious how much space I could save so I took a larger version of the image above which was 2285 x 2300 RGB photoshop image and did a little comparison.

Here are my results:

Save as…PNG

Save for Web…PNG

Save for Web…PNG + Image Alpha

8.3 mb

7.6 mb

1.3 mb

ImageAlpha is a standalone application, so it adds an additional step to your production process. Too bad it’s not available as a Photoshop plug-in that is accessable through the “save for web” window.

Anybody else have experience with this software?

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