reduce photo size: which software to use?

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Resizing an image to reduce its size or weight, whether for social networks or the web, has become commonplace! Yet we often find ourselves looking for an application or software to reduce the size of our photo.

Impact on execution time

On the web, excessive image size can slow down the loading time of your pages, a frustration for your visitors, but it also has a negative effect on search engine optimization! As for social networks, the weight of photos or images can influence their visibility. An optimized file will therefore guarantee a smooth user experience and better reach for your publication.

The aim of this article is to help you find the best tools and software for resizing or compressing photos. For each program, we'll tell you whether it's available for Windows or Mac.

Adobe Photoshop

This is undoubtedly the best-known tool when it comes to resizing or edit images. This software is the reference for professionals, but also for most amateurs! It's available for all types of device, whether Mac or Windows, and offers numerous tools for resizing your file.

Integrated image compression features

This tool allows you to resize an image without losing quality! Photoshop's features include resolution adjustment, compression and resizing. This software works with all image formats, png, jpeg... The only downside is that it's one of the most complicated programs to get to grips with, precisely because of the multitude of tools available!


It's the free alternative to image editing giant Photoshop! Many sites recommend GIMP not only because it's free, but also because of its large community, which will help you manipulate the tools it offers. Of course, it offers image resizing and compression, as well as more complex applications to suit your needs.

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Available for Windows and Mac, it lets you manipulate your image files while maintaining maximum quality when editing.


Free to use, this is one of the most intuitive image resizing tools available, especially for those who want a quick and easy solution. Although its interface is a little dated, it remains one of the best tools for compressing and resizing files. It allows you to manipulate the pixels of PNG and jpeg files, the main image formats on the web.

However, this software is only available for Windows, and there is no online version for Mac users!


Pixlr is an online solution offering a host of tools for resizing images and compressing photos. It's a powerful tool that lets you manipulate your images seamlessly, all directly on the web, i.e. from your Mac or Windows computer. It's free for the simplest tools, and very easy to access for users new to photo editing!

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