How to Optimize Your Photos

To optimize your photos for the web, there are 3 things you can do to help decrease the size of your pictures so your web site will load faster.

  1. Crop any unwanted area around the picture.
  2. Resize the picture to a max size of 640x480 while maintaining the picture's aspect ratio.
  3. Reduce the output quality or compression of the file when the photo is saved.

Fortunately, AtHomeTour.com takes care of resizing the picture and reducing the quality for you automatically when the pictures are uploaded. All photos except for floor plans will be resized to a maximum of 640x480. Floor plans will be resized to a maximum of 800x600. However, the time it takes to upload your pictures when you are listing a property will be reduced tremendously if the pictures are already optimized.

Microsoft has a free Image Resizer Power Toy for Windows that you can download from their website. Once it is installed on your PC,

  • right click on an image file or on a selected group of image files and select Resize Pictures from the menu.



  • Select Small (except for floor plans - then select medium) and press OK
  • A copy of the image file(s) will be created in the same directory and will be resized with optimized quality.

Most all photo or image editors allow you to optimize photos. If you do not already have an image editor, you can download Irfan View for free.

To optimize a photo: (You may want to copy your photos into another directory first so you do not accidentally overwrite your originals.)

Using Irfan View,

  • Drag your mouse from the top left corner to the bottom right corner of the portion of the picture you want to keep. You can adjust any side by dragging it with your mouse.
  • Select Edit > Crop selection
  • Select Image > Resize/Resample
  • Select 640x480 (except for floor plans - then select 800x600). Make sure the 'Preserve aspect ratio' box is checked, then press 'OK'



  • Select File > Save as




  • Make sure your 'Save as type' is set to JPG. Typically, choosing 50 for the 'Save quality' will produce photos that look fine on the web but are still small enough to work with.
  • Choose a descriptive file name and use the underline character (_) instead of spaces. For example, Master_Bedroom.
  • Press Save to save the resized photo.

Using Photoshop CS2,

  • Select the crop tool



  • Drag your mouse from the top left corner to the bottom right corner of the portion of the picture you want to keep. You can adjust any side by dragging it with your mouse.
  • Select Image > Crop
  • Select File > Save for Web
  • The Save for Web page will be displayed. On the right hand side, select the 'Image Size' tab.



  • Change the 'Width' to 640 (except for floor plans - then change the width to 800). The Height will adjust automatically but be sure the 'Constrain Proportions' box is checked. Press 'Apply'.
  • Above the Image Size, select JPEG Medium and press 'Save'.



  • Choose a descriptive file name and use the underline character (_) instead of spaces. For example, Master_Bedroom.



  • Press Save to save the resized photo.