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Compress your PNG/JPG Files by up to 80% and Retain Full Transparency

I received the following email from Nur:

Hello there ,

Thank you for telling me about this WordPress plug-in to compress my pictures.

But then I discovered that adding plug-ins to my site itself causes the site speed to go down, which kinda ruins the purpose. So that is why I decided to look around for a free online tool.

After some exploring, I wanted to suggest it as an alternative to the plug in:

https://www.websiteplanet.com/webtools/imagecompressor/

This is a free online tool that allows you to compress pictures that are up to 50 MB in size both in jpeg and in png format! So maybe sharing it with your users can help them too.

In hope I helped back,

Nur

Editor’s note: Nur, I briefly went over the website and it seems to be effective. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Free Online Photo Editor

Another question I often get relates to photo editing. What is the best online photo editor?

The probability is high that Adobe Photoshop has the world’s best imaging and photo editing software. But it is not free and it has quite a steep learning curve.

There are a number of free online photo editors, one of the best-known being Canva. Besides being free, Canva is easy to use.

Free Online Photo Editor

With Canva‘s drag-and-drop feature and layouts to design, you can share and print business cards, logos, presentations and more. It has many features – you can create:

  • Poster
  • Flyer
  • Resume
  • Web Banner
  • Presentation
  • Invitation
  • Photo Collage
  • Social Graphic
  • Poster and so much more on your own or with your Team.

This is not a tutorial on canva. The objective is to show how easy it is to edit an image you already got:

How do I edit the image below to have 2 lines of text that reads: ‘Terrier dog enjoying driver’s seat’? I would like the text to be in blue and at the top and centre of the image. To view the edited image please scroll down to the bottom of this post.

Go to https://www.canva.com/ and register (click on any screenshot below to enlarge it).

What do you do? Choose one.

Invite your Team (you don’t actually need to invite anyone should you not be working in a group)

Choose what you would like to create

or just click ‘More’ if you want to edit an existing image > on the page that opens click ‘Use custom dimensions’ >

On the page that opens, enter the width and height of your image. In my case, let’s assume I would like to edit my 1024 x 768px image >

Click ‘Design’ > on the page that opens click ‘Uploads’ > click ‘Upload your own image’

Click on the image you have just uploaded > click ‘Text’

Click or drag to add text  (I chose ‘Add subheading) > Type text: for example ‘Terrier dog enjoying the driver’s seat’.

Should you need to edit further… go ahead and enjoy!

On the top right hand corner of the page click ‘Download’ > on the drop-down menu click ‘Download’

You can also access your photo on Android or iphone

Open your download > click the ‘…’ > on the drop-down, click ‘Save as…’

Go to your folder and open the image

The example above was just very basic editing. Canva offers many useful features and you can do very fine editing should you need to.

And that is it ladies and gentlemen. Trust the aforementioned is of some help. Cheers!

Free Stock Photos for your Website or Blog

Big collection of free images for your website. These stock photos can be used absolutely for free in your online project.

Source: Free Stock Photo Websites | MotoPress

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How to Create Tiled Galleries

How to Create Tiled Galleries

Charlene’s Question: Hi Tony, will you please refresh my mind. How do I create a tiled gallery?

Hi Charlene,

Should you have a free version of WordPress (I recall you do have a free version of WordPress):

Make sure you have the correct settings in the Admin Area.

Go to Admin > Settings > Media:

Check (tick) the boxes as per the screenshot below:

Tiled Galleries

For all those who do not have a free version of WordPress:

Go to your Admin Area > plugin > download and activate ‘Jetpack’

Go to Jetpack > Settings > activate ‘Tiled Galleries’ > go back to ‘ Jetpack Settings’ > click ‘configure’  (Tiled Galleries)

Tiled Galleries-Configure

Configure:

Tiled Galleries-Configure 2

You are almost done:

Go to the Page or Post where you would like to add your Gallery, say for example that you want to add your Gallery to a new page:

Hover over ‘Pages’ > click ‘Add New’: new page opens > click ‘Add Media’ button: new window opens: click ‘Create Gallery’ > click ‘Select Files’ > choose your images and click ‘Open’ > click the ‘Create a New Gallery’ button.

On the Edit Gallery window go to ‘Gallery Settings’ towards the top right hand corner of that window > and go to ‘Type’. On the drop-down menu click on ‘Tiled Mosaic’> click ‘Insert Gallery’.

Edit Gallery-Tiled Mosaic

And that’s it! Trust the aforementioned is of assistance to you.

Tony