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Use Google Web Designer
Google Web Designer is a web application for HTML5 development that's integrated seamlessly with Studio and Asset Library. In addition, Google Web Designer has built-in compression for images and code, Google web fonts support, SVG support, CSS animation support, and more.
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Check your file size
Before reducing file size, check out your current file size and review the following guidelines and terms.
Raw file size vs. compressed file size
To review your raw file size:
- In Studio, check your Total file size in the Manage files step of the Studio creative workflow.
- In Google Web Designer, click Publish > Publish locally to view Total Size (Raw) in the publish dialog. You can also view the current file size in the Ad Validator panel.
Google Web Designer compresses creatives with the free software gzip. If you're not using Google Web Designer, you can download a free copy of gzip, compress them on your local workspace, and inspect the file size.
File size baseline
Enabler file size
The Enabler must be included in Studio creatives, but web browsers hold a cached copy, because the same script is loaded for every Studio creative. The size of the Enabler script is 25 KB (compressed) and 75 KB (raw).
See the IAB and Studio guidelines for additional details:
- IAB’s HTML5 guidelines (in .PDF format, see page 4 and 6)
- Studio's creative guidelines
About Chrome's Heavy Ad Interventions
- If your creative has a lot of images, video, animations, or 3D objects, follow Chrome's guidelines to test your creative and make sure it won't be unloaded.
- Use Chrome's Heavy Ad Intervention demo to test your creative to see if it will be blocked.
Polite load and publisher specs
Polite loading delays the loading of additional creative assets (like images and video) until the publisher's page is loaded. This is different than initial load, which refers to the total, compressed file size of all creative assets delivered to the browser for initial ad display. Some publishers require polite loading, but it's a good idea to include it, even when it's not required. Learn how to set up polite load
Review your publisher's Rich Media HTML5 specs. Publishers may count file size based on the compressed gzip format, or they may prefer to count the raw file size. Individual publisher specs may differ from IAB specs depending on placement, ad type, etc. Some publishers may be more willing to compromise on build specs. Also take note of any limits for animation or video play time.
Reduce image size
Before you attempt to reduce the size of an image, first consider whether an image is even necessary. Some image elements may be replaced with CSS styles. Below are suggestions and resources for reducing the number of images in your creative and for optimizing the images you need.Use CSS to create gradients or solid colors
GIF, JPG, and PNG images are pixel based (“raster”) and have larger sizes. SVGs are point-to-point based graphics (“vector”) and can greatly reduce file size.
Learn more about SVG
W3School's SVG Tutorial
How to Use SVGs
Icon fonts are regular fonts that can be used just like standard fonts. They're often vector based, which reduces file size. If you use the same icons over and over, build your own icon font.
Icon font resources
Icomoon Icon Font Creator
NounProject css icons
FontAwesome css icons
A sprite sheet is a single tiled image that is loaded once. With CSS, only individual tiles of the overall image are shown. Using a sprite sheet reduces the number of HTTP requests. The fewer HTTP requests, the faster your creative loads. It's still important to find the right compression for your sprite sheet.
Sprite sheet resources
W3School's CSS Image Sprites Overview
Stitches online sprite sheet generator
If pixel based images are required, compress them as much as possible while preserving quality. You're probably familiar Photoshop’s Save For Web, but there are other online tools that offer advanced compression.
Animate with CSS
setInterval method for animations, and do not use the
setInterval method when hand coding.
requestAnimationFrame method, which is specifically made for animations.
Learn how to optimize animation performance
Before uploading your CSS files to Studio, minify your CSS with a CSS Minifier.
Studio is working with the IAB to get these resources shared and cached by many creatives so they can be excluded from the initial load of your ad.
Save time and code by deciding what browsers and devices your campaign will target. Don't add code for unsupported browsers or devices. This will also save you time during testing.Browser support resources
Browser and device support for Studio
Can I Use: Up to date browser support for JS and CSS properties
- Keep an uncompressed copy handy for future updates.
If you're using a font other than the standard web fonts, consider using Google Fonts, a large library of free fonts. To reduce file size, be sure to only request the characters you need from the font instead of the entire typeface.
However, it's also important to consider that only absolute URLs are cached by a browser. Although
http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Philosopher&text=Hello will be the smallest size for a specific creative, it will still be seen as a separate request from
http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Philosopher&subset=latin, which may already be cached in the browser history. Take advantage of caching whenever possible to make your creatives load faster.
Learn more about web fonts
Optimizing font requests with Google Web Fonts
Font subsetting for Typekit and self-hosted web fonts