Photo resolutions/size

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what is the best pic resolution to use - I am having new pics taken and i notice some of my current ones are slow to load, so just wanted to know what specifications i should request from the photographer?

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Hello KiddaBean,

Most would recommend a resolution of 75 DPI. Canvas size depends on the use of the image. If it's a background image then something like 1500 x 1000 pixels. File type, probably png. png files can then be converted to jpg files for general use but jpg's aren't such a good choice for converting to png.

png's allow things like transparent background which can be very useful for logos or for creating collages.with transparent effects.

When coming to use your images and you wish to use a jpg then a file size of 100 Kb or less is ideal. For png's it's really a question of the definition but always try to minimise the file size at the time of applying your image.
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I should have been doing this, my photo album is the slowest thing ever. When you click an image in your site and there's a box with an option saying "optimize" and you can turn it on or off, what is that? Is that to make your picture a good file size or something else?
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Hi Sarah
You should tick this box to optimize your images, its basically reducing the file size. For images placed in text widgets run them through here first:

http://www.imageoptimizer.net/Pages/H...
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OK everyone so you know...Use the best image possible as your source.

Most of the time images are slow loading because they are too big in resolution.I would bet most of you having chronic slow image loads are adding very large images and then using the site builder to make them appear smaller. This does NOT change the file size at all.

There are many many free photo editing programs to choose from that will allow you to take the source photo and change the resolution.

When you do a Save As in either jpg or png name your image using a few key words (SEO TIP).

Size/Resolution...For example the 1500 x 1000 image true size would almost fill some monitors. Most photo editing programs will give you the option when changing image size of Preserve Aspect Ratio (You want that so you don't distort the image). This also allows you to easily try a few sizes and see what comes closest to your true size needs.The less you have to adjust in site builder the better. You will get a feel for what you want over a very short time...It isn't rocket science.

Remember we are talking pixels so keep your editing set to that...chances are that is default.

Setting DPI higer or lower is a waste of time as the web has a limit and standard of 72DPI (DPI comes into play when you print) BMP and TIFF files are also designed for print and are a waste of space on the web. Now you know why Yola stopped allowing them a few years back.
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Thanks! Ok 1 question,

when you say "save as", use some keywords, would these be shown as the "alt text" or is that another seperate oppurtunity to get some keywords onto your page?

I'm asking because my business relies on local customers as I do hair, so I was reading on how to optimise for local search and read something that said I should set the alt text of all my pics to my address and postcode.

So should i "save as" "hair extensions" and have alt text as my address, or are they the same thing?
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Here is what I do....I have my best photo image I call my source and it never changes. It stays in a folder on my desktop.

Example:

I want to put this photo on my site because it a a new end table style that I am going to offer on my site.The photo is very large.

I open the photo in an editor and size it to 400 x 600 which I know is still a decent size but much less file size than the original.

When I save I do a Save As in the editor I name the file End Table New Style Wood Brown or something like that. That is a little SEO boost because now the file name actually matches what the photo is instead of photo 1234.

When I add the photo to my site I also add the ALT tag with something close to the file name. You back this up by putting text close to the photo with a brief description. This helps a great deal with image searches.
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thanks for your help kan thai decor! I will have to spend a bit of time going all through my pictures and sorting them out i think because i was putting them in straight from my smartphone and i think they are lots (and lots!) more pixels than you mentioned,
Thanks for all the good advice, if you have time maybe you can look at the probem I just posted about my site and see if you know anything about what is going on there http://forum.yola.com/yola/topics/mob...
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What a brilliant response, thank you so much for all your help guys x