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If you’ve ever been to AliExpress and found that the images you’re trying to download cannot be saved in a .jpg or .jpeg format, then today must be your lucky day! In this video, I am going to show you how you can save those images the right way and ultimately help your website load fast and perform well.
Definition of Terms
Of course, we won’t proceed without you having even the slightest bit of an idea what the heck are we going to talk about. So, here are some terminologies to help you get started.
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JPG is a widely used compressed image format for containing digital images. It is the most common image format used in digital cameras, different operating systems and on the Internet. [...] JPG images are great for photographs and realistic paintings.
WebP is a modern image format that provides superior lossless and lossy compression for images on the web. Using WebP, webmasters and web developers can create smaller, richer images that make the web faster.
WebP lossless images are 26% smaller in size compared to PNGs. WebP lossy images are 25-34% smaller than comparable JPEG images at equivalent SSIM quality index.
A PNG file is an image saved in the Portable Network Graphic (PNG) format. It contains a bitmap compressed with lossless compression similar to a .GIF file. PNG files are commonly used to store web graphics, digital photographs, and images with transparent backgrounds.
Lossy is a data encoding and compression technique that deliberately discards some data in the compression process. The lossy compression method filters and discards needless and redundant data to reduce the amount of data being compressed and later being executed on a computer.
Lossless compression reduces a file's size with no loss of quality. This seemingly magical method of reducing file sizes can be applied to both image and audio files. While JPEGs and MP3s use lossy compression, newer compression algorithms, such as JPEG 2000 and Apple Lossless compression, can be used to create lossless compressed files.
What Happens in AliExpress
Of course, you’ve been in AliExpress before; that’s where most of your products come from anyway. But if you’re visiting the site to retrieve promotional material (product images), you’ve probably noticed that the images are set to a WebP format by default.
When you think about it, this isn't much of an issue. After all, a WebP image is significantly smaller in terms of file size as compared to a JPG counterpart.
The problem is that when you do try to save this image, you won’t be able to edit it via Photoshop (a popup like the one shown below will appear).
Converting WebP Images to JPG or JPEG
To be able to edit the image, you have to convert it into a JPEG file (and compress it afterwards if you still want the small file size), and you can do this in one of two ways.
If you want to convert WebP images to JPEG format easily and safely, simply open an image in a new tab and add the following towards the end of the link:
[ ? ] + [ Anything ] + [ = ] + [ Anything ]
Press ENTER to refresh and convert the image and you're done! You can now download it on a JPG or JPEG format.
You can also turn to different websites to convert your images -- an example of one being PNG2JPG.
This free online tool converts your PNG images to JPEG format, applying proper compression methods. Unlike other services, this tool does not ask for your email address, offers mass conversion and allows files up to 50 MB.
- Click the UPLOAD FILES button and select up to 20 .png images you wish to convert. You can also drag files to the drop area to start uploading.
- Take a break now and let our tool upload your files and convert them one by one, automatically choosing the proper compression parameters for every file.
The advantage of using this method is that you can upload and convert multiple images at the same time. However, if you feel uncomfortable about having to upload your images to different websites without being certain about what might happen to them, you're better off doing method 1.
BONUS: Why Compress Images?
A simple answer to a simple question: fast loading speeds.
If you want your website to be able to gather those leads and eventually make a sale, you have to do your part and help it perform well and load fast. Images with large file sizes compete for and consume more data. Moreover, if they don't load fast enough, your site visitors will more than likely get bored of waiting, and there's a good chance that they'll turn their backs on you and look elsewhere.
We know that PNG files are the largest as compared to the other two, and this could be a problem since most screenshot features, applications and third-party plugins use said format by default. We could use the WebP format, but remember that you cannot edit them in Photoshop and make it truly your own. Our best bet, therefore, is to go in-between and choose the last one.
So here's a pro tip: make sure you're using JPG or JPEG images for your website.
If you want to make sure that you are indeed using the correct image format, simply right click over your images and click on Inspect Elements.
What If Compression Is NOT An Option?
If you are using images that simply cannot be compressed or have its quality lowered (e.g., when you are showcasing products that rely on their visual aesthetics to be able to make a sale), there's arguably no other option but to use ones with large file sizes.
Image Converted; Still Too Large
If you think your file size is STILL too large, you can visit and utilize websites such as Compress Jpeg.
- Select up to 20 .jpg or .jpeg images from you device. Or drag files to the drop area. Wait for the compression to finish.
- Download compressed images either separately or get them all, grouped in a ZIP archive.
Let’s Wrap It Up!
Today we have learned the importance of proper image conversion and compression. We had a fairly short lesson, but remember that it's the small things that contribute to a huge success.
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