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Jul 02, 2020

Top 5 APIs to automate image optimization in 2020

APIs are a developer’s go-to weapon when it comes to improving a product’s UX without having to lift a finger over and over again. If your product or service includes image integration and optimization for your users, you’re in luck. We’ve put together the top 5 API image integrations that will take your product from good to great in 2020 — which btw. don’t just include image compression API.

Our top 5 APIs to automate image optimization in 2020 are:

Our top 5 APIs to automate image optimization in 2020 are:

Here’s a closer look at each one:

Remove.bg: image background removal

This API allows your users to easily remove the background of a JPG/PNG image within seconds. The AI technology behind it is one of a kind and empowers companies that serve content creators. By integrating remove.bg developers can easily add a feature that was once limited to manual image editing work.

Remove.bg API’s top features:

  • Incredibly easy to integrate: remove.bg API is an HTTP-based interface
  • Supports file sizes up to 12 MB
  • Image source: File upload (binary or as base64 encoded string) or download from URL
  • Users can upload any photo with a foreground (e.g., people, products, animals, cars, etc.)
  • Output resolutions available: Preview (up to 0.25 megapixels), Full (up to 25 megapixels)

Read more about remove.bg for developers here.

Companies leveraging the remove.bg API:

Renowned brands are already using remove.bg to up their product game in 2020, e.g.:

Unsplash API: free image data bank

With the Unsplash API, you can access a 1.8 million image data bank that won’t cost your users a dime. Their photographs are sourced by over 110,000 contributing photographers and generate more than 11 billion photo impressions per month. The images are free of charge for users to download and can be used for both private and commercial use — Unsplash does, however, encourage users to give credit to creators.

Unsplash API features:

  • Unlimited requests for free.
  • 1.8 million free photos
  • Simple integration
  • Mobile SDKs
  • Dynamically resizable images
  • Libraries in your language
  • Integrated natively inside tools like Sketch, Figma, Framer and Codepen

Companies leveraging the Unsplash API:

For a more extensive list of companies using the Unsplash API – check out this post.

Getty Images: stock images (premium quality & pricing) 

This API allows you to give your users access to over 84 million embeddable premium quality stock images. Getty boasts an incredibly extensive media library of royalty-free stock with images starting at €425 per download. This is definitely a more premium product for your users compared to Unsplash, Getty Images offers a much wider range of choices and more exclusive results.

Getty Images API features

  • Integrate search and download experience in your content publishing tools
  • Web-based API tool to cover common workflow scenarios
  • 84 million embeddable images
  • Plugins and extensions; use Getty Images right inside your favorite applications.

Getty Images API case study: Mic.com

Getty Images is used and loved by many big-name brands. Check out this case study video with media publishing platform Mic.com and see how they use it to improve their product.

Kraken.io: reduce & optimize image size

This API is extremely powerful when it comes to automatically optimizing image size to boost your users’ SEO results. By integrating this API, you allow product users to resize their images in seconds automatically. Ensuring that their site speed is up to scratch and the quality doesn’t get lost along the way.

Kraken.io API features: 

  • Optimize and resize images from within your applications using our fully-featured and easy-to-use APIcutting-edge infrastructure
  • Reduce the weight and not the quality of images
  • Speed up your apps and websites
  • Optimize for mobile and tablets

Companies leveraging the Kraken.io API: 

  • BetIt Group
  • IoES
  • Rapid prototyping

Instagram Basic API:

With the Instagram Basic API, you can enable your users to manage their profiles and content on Instagram using your technology. The API can be used to fetch their media, mentions, find hashtags and more. 

Instagram API features: 

  • obtaining and managing published photos, videos, and stories
  • obtaining basic data about other Instagram Business users and Creators
  • moderating comments and their replies
  • measuring media and profile interaction
  • discovering hashtagged media
  • discovering @mentions

Companies leveraging the Instagram API include: 

That’s it! Our list of top APIs to automate image optimization in 2020.
This list was created by remove.bg, which is the number one API for removing image backgrounds. Give it a try and start leveraging our technology for your product today.

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