Reducing pdf size

Started by pspdfppdfxhd, August 30, 2023, 05:08:21 PM

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Tracy

you might be at your limit

I did find an Adobe file reducer it's free

DCurry

Get rid of any profiles, metadata, alternate images. Make sure fonts are subset. If all else fails, go super-low on the image res (like 36 psi instead of 72.)

When they complain, and they will, tell them that's what it took to get to their desired size.

(I do disagree with Tracy's suggestion to make an X1A, place in Indy, then export to PDF. Only because there is no reason to do the first step of making the X1A because you can apply flattening when you export from Indy.) Also, in my experience flattening often makes the file bigger.
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Quote from: Tracy on August 31, 2023, 09:02:31 AMyou might be at your limit

I did find an Adobe file reducer it's free
Yes, there's a limit to everything. Trying to convince them to back off on the transparency somehow does not go over well.
 
There's one page with 3 pictures on top of each other. 1. The face of person with a clipping path for text runaround 2. The shadow of the person's head 3. The person's head with a faded background. Yup, 3 high res. photos stacked on top of each other.

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Tracy

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I know it's a lot of pages but you could export as .jpgs
if you have a workflow to combine it might work
ugh!  ;D

I have no idea what size it will end up but who knows?
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Quote from: pspdfppdfxhd on August 31, 2023, 11:35:12 AM
Quote from: Tracy on August 31, 2023, 09:02:31 AMyou might be at your limit

I did find an Adobe file reducer it's free
Yes, there's a limit to everything. Trying to convince them to back off on the transparency somehow does not go over well.
 
There's one page with 3 pictures on top of each other. 1. The face of person with a clipping path for text runaround 2. The shadow of the person's head 3. The person's head with a faded background. Yup, 3 high res. photos stacked on top of each other.

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
Try running the Pitstop action for "remove irrelevant objects". It does wonders for PDF's where the designer likes to cover things up on a page with a white box instead of removing them.
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If it were me, since this if for the web, I would rasterize any pages with transparency, downsample and make them rgb. Keep all fonts as live, not outlined (a lot of vector objects will make the file larger, it's all about the nodes).

Nobody will be able to tell the difference between the original hi-res and the rasterized version on the internet.


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Joe

Wait...so they are for displaying on the internet? Crap that is easy. Convert to 72 dpi jpegs compressed to hell and back. You can get them under a megabyte that way.
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pspdfppdfxhd

Thanks, slight reduction but still overweight.

born2print

Too bad about the page count. Sometimes when I have a PDF that won't reduce enough, I screen-shot it then save as pdf. No one has ever called me on it yet  8)
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born2print

Ooooh that gives me an idea, do you think you have just a few offending pages?
you could do a trick like that then combine them?
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Quote from: pspdfppdfxhd on August 31, 2023, 12:31:55 PMThanks, slight reduction but still overweight.

Let's keep it to prepress. My weight gain is due to a change in medication, thank you.
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Tracy

hmm I wonder if the people demanding the small pdf can tell you how to do it?  ;D

born2print

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Quote from: born2print on August 31, 2023, 12:36:41 PMOoooh that gives me an idea, do you think you have just a few offending pages?
you could do a trick like that then combine them?

I exported the 110 page pdf as single pages to see if any single pages stood out as overweight. Not really, at least half of them seem larger than you might think they should be.

I give up. I gave it my semi autistic best prepress shot but f**k it now!