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Lesson 16. Optimizing Web Images > Trimming extra background areas

Trimming extra background areas

Although the background of the image for the fictitious travel organization now contains transparent pixels that do not display, these pixels still take up file space, adding to the size of the image. You can trim away unneeded background areas to improve the layout of the image and optimize the file size.

1.
In ImageReady, choose Image > Trim.

You use the Trim command to crop your image according to the transparency or pixel color of the extra border area.

2.
In the Trim dialog box, select Transparent Pixels if it is not already selected, and click OK.

ImageReady trims the extra transparent areas from the image.

3.
Choose File > Save Optimized As.

4.
In the Save Optimized As dialog box, use the default name (16Start2.gif), and click Save.

5.
In the Replace Files dialog box, click Replace (if it appears).

6.
Choose File > Close.

You will be prompted to save the 16Start2.psd file before closing. Since you are finished with this file for this lesson, there is no need to save the last changes.


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