Posted on: 23rd November 2020
Yesterday there was a whole thread on Mastodon about image optimization and a lot of people pitched in with their techniques. I am intimidated by the options offered by imagemagick and never know how to use it effectively to achieve results other than a simple resize. Its a good thing that knowledgeable folks had already done the hard work and I picked up some handy commands to convert into monochrome and run jpgquant optimization. One python application stood out among these. Lid. I liked the simplicity of options to work with the images to achieve a lo-fi result. The error diffusion especially. Here’s my coffee mug through the
lid and after a size reduction in
imagemagick. All of 128KB.
Here’s the original (2 MB) and final (128 KB) image file size:
The error diffusion option is not the most optimal solution but I love the look of it.
And here’s the
imagemagick magic to reduce the file size. I learned about the
-strip option that removes the metadata info from an image.
convert -auto-orient image3.jpg \ -resize 700 \ -quality 70 \ -strip image4.jpg
Day 55 - Join Me in #100DaysToOffloadtags: 100daystooffload image-optimization