Glossy, image optimization option for photographers

Glossy - optimization for photographers
Image source: Cameron Kirby

ShortPixel introduces a new image optimization option called Glossy. The new feature is a lossy optimization algorithm calibrated for the photographer’s needs. We still recommend Lossy for the most user cases, because it has the best balance between image optimization and picture quality.

Why we built Glossy?

We added the new optimization option because some professional photographers asked for it. For them,  image quality comes first,  before page speed .

Photographers are able to see details in images which most of us might miss. Many of these users always preferred lossless optimization to lossy.  But, web standards, mobile popularity and visitors expectations changed in the last years, and lossless optimized images became too big for the present market standards.

The images optimized with Glossy look identical to the human eye with the original images, but they comply with the present criteria regarding the web applications.


Lossy, Glossy or Lossless – which one is the best for me?

Lossy is the best option for the most users. The images processed with Lossy algorithms are the smallest optimized images you can get. So, if the speed of your site is paramount and you want the best balance between optimization and picture quality, we recommend you to continue to use Lossy optimization.

Glossy is the best choice if you still care about Google Insights but you believe that a slight loss of page speed is an acceptable compromise for a top notch image quality.

Lossless optimized images are pixel-by-pixel identical with the originals, but they offer a smaller size reduction compared to either Lossy or Glossy processed files. If you want your images remain untouched, then select this option.


Lossy, Glossy, Lossless – a comparison

The best way to choose the proper optimization for your images is to see how they look with your own eyes. Here is an example, but you could make your own tests using your own images.

Original image

Original image

Please compare the cropped images or click on them to open the full versions, and see how they suit your needs.

Original (cropped)

Original Image cropped.
Original image cropped. Full sized image has 2.32 MB.

Lossless (cropped)

Lossless image cropped
Lossless image cropped. Full sized image has 2.30 MB.

Glossy (cropped)

Glossy image cropped.
Glossy image cropped. Full sized image has 514,4 kB.

Lossy (cropped)

Lossy image cropped.
Lossy image cropped. Full sized image has 407,9 kB.

How to glossy-optimize your images?

Go to ShortPixel settings panel, General tab, and change the optimization method to Glossy:

How to choose Glossy image optimization.
How to choose image optimization type.

After you set your image optimization method, you could either process images one by one from the Media Library or you could go the ShortPixel Bulk page and re-optimize all your images.


Glossy integration, next steps.

We spent a lot of time tweaking the algorithms for Glossy, and we are confident that it will cover most of the photographers needs. Give it a try and install it from!

Next steps are to add the Glossy optimization to our online image compressor and to make the new feature known to the photography community.

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