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pdf File Compression

New Here ,
Jan 07, 2019 Jan 07, 2019

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I would like to know how to reduce the file size of a multi-page pdf document.

The native file is a 26 page Illustrator file with images, graphics and text that has been saved as a pdf. The pdf file size is 258.2 MB. My client needs the file size to be 2 MB to be able to upload the file to a website as a multipage document that retains the best possible visual quality.

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Jan 07, 2019 Jan 07, 2019

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Save as PDF without the Illustrator stuff, loosing the ability to edit easily in Illustrator. That will save some bytes.

Then it will be a trial and error, a good starting point will be the smallest file size preset. If that one brings you not near the desired size it will be impossible.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Thanks... I kind of had a feeling this was going to be impossible.

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well, it all depends of your Illustrator file and how much of the data is outside of the artboards. But 250 down to 2 is quite impressive.

Keeping the PDF (Illustrator) editable will store all original Illustrator data and the resulting PDF. If there are layers off, you could also try deleting those beforehand. I didn’t check now if layers are kept with the PDF file when off.

Just for your information: My 4 pages flyers stay in your indicated size, when exported to PDF.

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No data at all outside the artboards. I was able to get the file size down to 4.8 MB.

After that I opened up the 4.8 MB file in Preview and did Export > Quartz Filter: Reduce File Size > Save, which is supposed to "reduce" the file size. I increased the file size to 7 MB.

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Preview is apparently not a good tool for that. You have, I suppose, done a good job.

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