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Postscript file size too large - help needed please

Community Beginner ,
Sep 22, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

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Hi All.

My postscript file (.prn file) is too large for my printer program to handle.
Max size is 2GB. I can't get my file size to go lower than 2.1GB.

The indesign file is just text and color (no images)
Need to keep font type.

What I've already tried:
1. Save as option, 
2. Tried printing from command line - can't seem to get it to work
3. Tried the "print as bitmap" under advanced options.

Any ideas?
Thank you 
Michele


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Community Beginner , Sep 23, 2022 Sep 23, 2022

Hi All

Finally came right!

I still used the PRN file (due to reasons I don't even understand..it just works better than pdf for the print I need - probably because my print is made of millions of tiny text characters?)

Anyway, I toned down some of the darker colors and it got it under 2GB.

Thank you again for all the support I got on this forum, I feel humbled to be among such a vast pool of knowledge!

Happy printing...
Michele

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Community Expert ,
Sep 22, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

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Instead of printing direct from InDesign, try exporting a PDF (PDF/X-4 would be my recommendation) and print that from Acrobat.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 22, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

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Hi Peter
Thank you for your quick reply. 
Yes, that would reduce the file size, but unfortunately I have to print from InDesign, it's because the text is miniscule and the text loses shape when I export to pdf.
I've tried the pdf route many times before without success.

I tried it again now, saved as a high quality pdf, no compression - please see attached, the result is on the right, text is sketchy.
On the left is when I send it directly from indesign, acceptable and readable text.

Thanks again for the help

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Sep 22, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

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Is the text a rasterized image or actual text? It appears as though it is an image.

A few things about your export settings: if you need a print PDF for commercial offset or digital, don't use the high quality setting. The setting you need to be more concerned with is downsampling. Try "Do Not Downsample" along with compression, this should yield same quality as postscript, but a smaller file size.

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Community Expert ,
Sep 22, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

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Tried the "print as bitmap" under advanced options.

 

Hi @Michele DM , If Print as Bitmap is not grayed out you must not have the Printer set to PostScript File? Does this Advanced setup change anything?

 

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Sep 22, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

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Also, is there any transparency on the pages? If a page has a transparent object the selected Transparency Flattener would be used—at 2GB+ it sounds like the text might be converting into outlines?

 

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Sep 22, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

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Can you simply print to two files, one with half the pages and the other with the other half?

 

I am puzzled as to why a PS file works but a PDF does not. I suspect a solution to many of these issues lies in resolving the PDF problems.

 


| Word & InDesign to Kindle & EPUB: a Pro Guide (Amazon)

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Community Expert ,
Sep 22, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

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Hi Michele,

I, too, wonder: Why a PRN file?

PDF at a proper setting as described above should work fine.

Why do you use a PRN approach? 

Mike Witherell

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 23, 2022 Sep 23, 2022

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Hi All

Finally came right!

I still used the PRN file (due to reasons I don't even understand..it just works better than pdf for the print I need - probably because my print is made of millions of tiny text characters?)

Anyway, I toned down some of the darker colors and it got it under 2GB.

Thank you again for all the support I got on this forum, I feel humbled to be among such a vast pool of knowledge!

Happy printing...
Michele

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What is your "printer program" ? 

Can automate anything - as long as it doesn't require A.I.

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