A great free online image compression utility from Yahoo perfect for transparent PNGs... A Honey Bear Tip...

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Keeping PNG images to a reasonable size is at times quite a challenge. Transparent PNGs offer their own set of challenges as most of the online compression websites out there either turn your PNG image rough looking or like most they take a transparent background and turn it black rendering it unusable for the intended purpose of an overlaying image on either another image or a background.

Yahoo has a great free online tool in their SMUSH.IT

The following is a screenshot of a 18 images that are loaded each time someone views one of my pages. Although bright,, colorful and kid friendly these images were at times HUGE. After only 20 minutes I compressed these images and saved a combined 951.98 KB on my page load.

That's nearly 1 MB in 20 minutes with no discernible difference from the full quality images that I previously had on my website.

That reduction in 951.98 KB is massive and I could not be happier with the results...

If you have any transparent PNGs you have to try it out and see for yourself...


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Posted 9 years ago

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Nice tip, Ed. Thanks!
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I was searching for a tool such as this only hours ago and this one popped up on my Google search. I didn't bother to explore it - but I will certainly go back for a look now.

Thanks for the tip!