How to Compress Photos


This wikiHow teaches you how to compress a photo to make it take up less space on your hard drive. Compressing photos is often necessary before sending them via email or uploading them to your website. You can compress photos on both Windows and Mac computers by using a free website, or you can use your computer's Photos app to compress an image to a smaller size. Keep in mind that there is no way to compress a photo while retaining the photo's original quality.

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Go to in your computer's web browser. This website allows you to compress up to 20 images at once, and you can control the level of compression on each photo.

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It's a teal button near the top of the page. Clicking it prompts a File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac) window to open.

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Go to the location of the photos you want to compress, then hold down Ctrl (Windows) or ⌘ Command (Mac) while clicking each photo you want to upload. You can upload up to 20 photos at a time.

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It's in the bottom-right corner of the window. Doing so uploads the photos to the Image Compressor website.

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Click one of the photos in the website's list of thumbnails to select it.

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Scroll down to view the photo's uncompressed version on the left compared with its compressed version on the right, then drag up or down the "Quality" slider that's on the right side of the page to decrease or increase the photo's compression. You should see the quality of the photo on the right side change to reflect your compression a few seconds after you adjust the quality.

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It's below the "Quality" slider. Doing so applies your compression to the photo.

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While Image Compressor will apply a certain level of compression to each photo depending on the photos' individual sizes, you can apply your own compression to each photo by selecting it, dragging up or down the "Quality" slider, and clicking APPLY.

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It's a button below the list of photos near the top of the page. Doing so packs all of the compressed photos into a ZIP folder and then downloads the ZIP folder onto your computer.

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To view the photos' actual extracted sizes, you'll need to unzip them from the ZIP folder. Go to the ZIP folder's download location, then do the following: Windows — Double-click the ZIP folder, click Extract at the top of the folder, click Extract all, and click Extract when prompted. Mac — Double-click the ZIP folder, then wait for the folder to finish extracting.

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Go to the folder location of the photo that you want to use.

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If the Photos program is your Windows default for viewing photos, simply double-clicking the photo will accomplish this. If Photos isn't your computer's default photo-viewing app, right-click the photo, select Open with, and click Photos in the pop-out menu.

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It's in the top-right corner of the Photos window. A drop-down menu will appear.

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This option is in the drop-down menu. Doing so opens a pop-up window. If you don't see Resize in this menu, the photo cannot be compressed any further via the Photos app. Try .

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Click one of the size letters (e.g., S for "small", M for "medium") in the pop-up window. Clicking a letter prompts a "Save As" window to open. You can only select a letter that's smaller than your photo's current size, so S may be the only available size.

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Type whatever you want to name the compressed version of the photo into the "File name" text box. You should always avoid replacing the uncompressed photo with the compressed photo, so name the compressed photo something other than its default name.

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Click a folder location in the left-hand sidebar to select the folder as your compressed file's save location.

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It's in the bottom-right corner of the window. Your compressed photo will be saved in your selected file location.

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On Mac

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Go to the folder location of the photo that you want to use.

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Click the photo you want to compress to do so.

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It's in the upper-left corner of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear.

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This option is in the File drop-down menu. Selecting it prompts a pop-out menu.

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It's in the pop-out menu. Your photo will open in Preview.

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This is in the upper-left side of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear.

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It's in the File drop-down menu. Doing so opens a new window.

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In the "Name" text field near the top of the window, type in whatever title you want to use for your image. By default, the compressed image will have the same name as the uncompressed version of the image.

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Click the "Where" drop-down box, then click the folder into which you want to save your compressed image (e.g., Desktop).

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If the box to the right of the "Format" heading says anything other than JPEG, click the box, then click JPEG in the resulting drop-down menu.

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Click and drag the "Quality" slider to the left to lower the image's quality.[1]

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It's in the bottom-right corner of the window. Your image will be copied, compressed, and saved to the folder you selected from the "Where" drop-down menu.