After adding 120kb photo to documement, filesize grows to 12MB(!)

Explorer ,
Mar 03, 2021 Mar 03, 2021

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  1. Two-page document in illustator. 470kb
  2. I'm adding 120kb jpg picture from PS
  3. After exporting to PDF, the file size grows to 12MB (!)
  4. So i create new document, copy-paste and export again - 5MB(!)

What is going on?

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 04, 2021 Mar 04, 2021
If you need a small PDF file, save a copy as PDF. Turn Off  Illustrator editing capabilities and set the compression options in the save dialog. You can get the same small pdf as from InDesign

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Explorer ,
Mar 04, 2021 Mar 04, 2021

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Anyone?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 04, 2021 Mar 04, 2021

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A jpeg file uses compression.

The jpeg image will be uncompressed when used in Illustrator.

The image will be embedded in the PDF part of the Illustrator file and maybe also in the Illustrator part.

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Explorer ,
Mar 04, 2021 Mar 04, 2021

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I do not understand, JPG is a lossy method of compression.
So where is the suddenly additional data coming from?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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To show a jpeg file it has to be decompressed.

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If you need a smaller file, link the image and turn off PDF compatibility in the save options.

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Explorer ,
Mar 04, 2021 Mar 04, 2021

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It's not the option, I need small ...and hq PDF file.

I do the comparison, and PDF from indesign is much smaller.

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But, I'm not Indesign-guy so In is not an option too...
Any suggestions?

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Explorer ,
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If photoshop can compress JPG to 120Kb why illustator can't?
(i can't edit posts)

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If you need a small PDF file, save a copy as PDF.

Turn Off  Illustrator editing capabilities and set the compression options in the save dialog.

You can get the same small pdf as from InDesign

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Thank you

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