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Scale down a PDF in acrobat for printing?

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Jul 12, 2021 Jul 12, 2021

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I have a document in Indesign which I export to PDF, currently I then open it in preview on my iMac and scale it down to 64% using the Print, print to PDF option. This then gives me a final document at print ready size. Is there a method of either reducing the scale of the document down to 64% while in Indesign as I export to PDF or scale it down in Acrobat?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Jul 12, 2021 Jul 12, 2021

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There is no method to scale down the InDesign file and export it all in one fell swoop. 

 But I would however reccomend doing the scaling in InDesign. Take the PDF you've exported from InDesign at full size and theninstead of opening in Preview, place it into InDesign at 64%. Then export a PDF from there.

 

You'll still have to export two PDFs, but the benefit of this method is that once your large sized PDF is linked in an InDesign document, you no lnger have to specifiy 64% each time. You just update the link in your second ID document and export a new PDF.

 

 

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Jul 12, 2021 Jul 12, 2021

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Hi and thanks for the reply.

I have just gone to Print Pre sets and defined a 64% scale reduction when exporting to ps.
This works well and I just open this with distiller to make the pdf. This really helps as, after the files go to the printers I need to crop them down for online viewing and this was failing as the pdf was being created in preview, works every time now.



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Mike

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Jul 12, 2021 Jul 12, 2021

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Hello @michaels85629048 

 

Looks like you found a solution printing a PS file, but if you incounter any issues you can try this method in Acrobat Pro DC.

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Regards,

Mike

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There's no need to do any of that. Acrobat can automatically scale the page down (or up, if needed) to fit the physical page you're printing it to. Just use the Fit option in the Print dialog.

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