Tools For Faster Photo Uploads

By
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA

 Trouble with sizing and uploading photos to blog seems to be a recurring issue. Below are some tools that might help with uploading photos to your blog and website. Compressing photos also helps with your website load speed. If you're still having problems uploading photos, try one of the tools below and see if any of them help.

 Personally, I seem to use Squoosh a lot. Easy drag and drop. I'm going to use Squoosh now and drag a random photo from my desktop. The file dimesion is 3926 x 2898 and 1.77 MB before I drag and drop it into Squoosh. I reduced it 12% to 1.56 MB. It took approx 2 seconds for the AR Insert/Edit toll to upload it, and less than 1 second after that to post it below. It was a little large to fit below, so I dragged the corner in a couple times to get the size below.

Photo is view across Potomac river from Lovettsville VA towards Brunswick and Weverton MD.

 

Test

 

ImageAlpha for MACs - https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/59647/imagealpha

ImageOptim - https://imageoptim.com/

Compressor - https://compressor.io/

Fileoptimizer for Windows - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/media-file-optimizer/9nblggh58smm?activetab=pivot:overviewtab

Squoosh - https://squoosh.app/

 

Jeff Pearl / Lic in VA

Remax Distinctive

Offices in VA, MD, DC, and PA

703-727-4876

www.jeffpearlhomes.com

 

Comments (19)

Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs

I learn what each size the photo should be where it is. In the MLS I did 1200x1600. Here I put in 600X......

Jul 11, 2021 09:22 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Jeff Pearl very valuable post about tools for faster photo uploads.

Jul 11, 2021 09:50 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, thanks for the heads up, as we always need a program to squish photos.   I usually use Ribbet still.

Jul 11, 2021 11:26 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

This is great information, Jeff... thanks so much for sharing it. And I'm suggesting to Carol Williams that she include it in her Second Chance Saturday post.

Jul 11, 2021 12:25 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Jeff- I just went to Squoosh and going to take a look at it!!! Thank you!

Jul 11, 2021 06:10 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jul 17, 2021 06:04 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Jeff - that is very helpful.  I notice that some peoples pictures need to be compressed.  Thanks for giving all of those tools.

Jul 18, 2021 04:12 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, this is good information and I guess I still don't understand the file size thing.  Doesn't the AR editor give us the opportunity to downsize photos?  I know that I change the file size to be 700 wide each time because that is the format best for posts.

Jul 18, 2021 05:25 AM
Lyn Sims

The AR editor doesn't do squat ....

Jul 19, 2021 12:19 PM
Dario Ferreira

When you change the size to 700 pixels wide, you are not changing the actual size of the image, you are simply "writing" some HTML code that "tells" the browser to show that image at 700px wide. The original sized image is still downloaded.

For example, the image used on this post is shown at 458 x 338, but the downloaded image is actually 3926 x 2898.
(https://activerain-store.s3.amazonaws.com/image_store/uploads/agents/jeffpearl/files/ar%2Btest%2Breduced%2BP1000908-1.jpg) .

It works, but it is not the correct way of doing it. The actual image should be resized. See by answer.

Jul 19, 2021 09:32 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks so much for the information, Jeff. Appreciate it. D

Jul 18, 2021 05:52 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Thank you for sharing these tools with us.  I will have to try them next time I upload pictures.

Jul 18, 2021 06:49 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Jeff Pearl ,

So glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. Good information. I usually don't have an issue as I select the size from Active Rain but if I have a problem this will help!

Jul 18, 2021 11:01 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Taking a look at Squoosh next, Jeff! Thank you so much for sharing this tidbit with us. Everything we can do online to save ourselves time and put us out in front of our sphere is a feather in our caps!

Jul 18, 2021 11:09 AM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Great information!   I struggle uploading photos!!  Thank you.

Jul 19, 2021 05:29 AM
Dario Ferreira
Attleboro, MA
Internet Marketing

Good reminder to use Squoosh - it is a great tool.

In addition to simply compressing the image, it can also be used to resize the image for AR use - simply click "Resize" on the tools panel and enter 768 for the width (the height is automatically calculated).

This way the image is actually resized and not simply shown smaller by the browser (HTML resize).
If you simply change the size on AR's editor, the actual image is still downloaded, but shown smaller.

So, you still download a 2Mb file, while you could have downloaded a 100kb file instead.

This is really important if you are using images on your own website. You always want to do a true resize of the image, not an HTML resize.

I was able to reduce the size of your test image by 95% by resizing it to 768x567.

Jul 19, 2021 09:23 AM
Lyn Sims

👍

Jul 19, 2021 12:20 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Seems like a fun resizer. Thanks for the tip.

 

I see that we still have folks that don't understand compressing the picture & resizing it for AR.

Jul 19, 2021 12:21 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Thank you for this little nugget. Appreciate the post.

Jul 20, 2021 06:18 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

That's a great tip. Squoosh. I'll remember that!

Jul 20, 2021 03:11 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Thanks for the great tips !

Jul 21, 2021 04:01 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I will have to remember to try Sqoosh - Sounds like it is well named!  THanks 

Jul 22, 2021 06:11 AM