Via this blog post I came across this PHP image optimization library, which somewhat reminds me of this blog post from a couple of years ago. As good as ImageMagick is, it takes time and effort to find all the right options. With Spatie Image Optimizer you have an almost out of the box solution for optimizing images in a variety of formats.
This package can optimize PNGs, JPGs, SVGs and GIFs by running them through a chain of various image optimization tools.
ImageMagick is one of my favorite tools ever. I’ve used for years for a whole lot of different things – from simple image resizing, through animation generation, to palette manipulation. And still, I don’t really know it that well, so when I see articles like this – “Efficient Image Resizing With ImageMagick“, I get excited. Not only it gives you a better way of doing things, but it also explains the path of how to get there. From a simple command like:
convert input.jpg -resize 300 output.jpg
to something as advanced as this:
-path OUTPUT_PATH \
-filter Triangle \
-define filter:support=2 \
-thumbnail OUTPUT_WIDTH \
-unsharp 0.25x0.25+8+0.065 \
-dither None \
-posterize 136 \
-quality 82 \
-define jpeg:fancy-upsampling=off \
-define png:compression-filter=5 \
-define png:compression-level=9 \
-define png:compression-strategy=1 \
-define png:exclude-chunk=all \
-interlace none \
-colorspace sRGB \
What’s even more exciting is that it looks like this optimization will make its way into WordPress 4.4, together with some other improvements for the responsive images.