Background image size?

Hello

I’ve created a background image for my page. It is centered and vertically tiles. The PNG is 36KB. Is this too big?

Is there a rule of thumb size for background images?

Thank you

Mark


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The PNG is 36KB. Is this too big?

That sounds fine but if it is a bg image do you need it to be a png as they tend to larger than jpeg files.

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Hi

Thanks for the response. I tried making the image a JPEG, but in this instance the file size was larger than the PNG.

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When you have a question like this it is always valuable to post a link to your online example page so that we can see the underlying code and files.

It may well be that you can use a bit of jpeg compression to reduce that file size and still retain acceptable quality - especially for a bg image.

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Hi

OK. http://www.practicalintelligence.org.uk/

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OK - http://www.deltadesign.co/examples/mark.html

As a jpeg File size 5.07KB

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WOW.

I’ve had a play in Photoshop. I was doing a simple ‘save as’ JPEG, but I’ve now used the ‘save for web’. The difference in file sizes and quality is incredible. I’ve got the file down to 8KB (down from 32KB) and it looks great.

Thanks for the prodding me in the right direction.

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It is worth remembering that a bg image is just that - so can stand a fair amount of jpeg compression before losing quality - far more than you would get away with on your normal images.

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