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P: Exporting Artboards to PDF are much larger in file size

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LEGEND ,
Nov 07, 2017 Nov 07, 2017

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When exporting artboards to PDF, the files are coming out very large, ex. 13.5mb for 3 email banners? This didn't happen w/2017. Is there a way to adjust the PDF output?

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Adobe Employee , Nov 08, 2017 Nov 08, 2017
Thanks. I can reproduce.  Here is a workaround: 1. Quit Photoshop 2. Back-up these two files which are located in the Photoshop application folder at the following location:  Presets/Scripts/ArtBoards To PDF.jsxPresets/Scripts/ArtboardExport.inc 3. Download the zip file from here and double-click it to unzip: https://adobe.ly/2kc2snD 4. Place the two files in the same folder as above Presets/Scripts/  (You may be asked to provide your administrator password to replace the files) 5. Restart...

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LEGEND ,
Nov 08, 2017 Nov 08, 2017

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I'm having the same issue! I'm exporting a brochure that's coming out out to around 800 mb as opposed to the 15 mb file I used to get in the 2017 version. Any help would be much appreciated

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Adobe Employee ,
Nov 08, 2017 Nov 08, 2017

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Thanks. I can reproduce. 

Here is a workaround:

1. Quit Photoshop

2. Back-up these two files which are located in the Photoshop application folder at the following location: 

  • Presets/Scripts/ArtBoards To PDF.jsx
  • Presets/Scripts/ArtboardExport.inc

3. Download the zip file from here and double-click it to unzip: https://adobe.ly/2kc2snD

4. Place the two files in the same folder as above Presets/Scripts/  (You may be asked to provide your administrator password to replace the files)

5. Restart Photoshop

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LEGEND ,
Nov 20, 2017 Nov 20, 2017

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Having the same problem! The web banners are coming out the same size as the file itself. PLEASE FIX ADOBE. OR TELL US HOW TO TURN OFF WHAT YOU TURNED ON.

THANKS!

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LEGEND ,
Mar 13, 2018 Mar 13, 2018

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I'm having the same issue. At first I had both the new CC and 2017 to use for exporting but it's just impractical. Please help

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LEGEND ,
May 21, 2018 May 21, 2018

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This is insane. I'm having the same problem, 8 page artboard proposal was 23mb, not it's 80+ wth!

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Adobe Employee ,
May 21, 2018 May 21, 2018

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Here is a workaround:

1. Quit Photoshop

2. Back-up these two files which are located in the Photoshop application folder at the following location:

  • Presets/Scripts/ArtBoards To PDF.jsx
  • Presets/Scripts/ArtboardExport.inc

3. Download the zip file from here and double-click it to unzip: https://adobe.ly/2kc2snD

4. Place the two files in the same folder as above Presets/Scripts/  (You may be asked to provide your administrator password to replace the files)

5. Restart Photoshop



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LEGEND ,
May 24, 2018 May 24, 2018

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Hi Jeffrey,

I was unable to unzip the file you posted. I tried unzipping by double-click, by command line and by Unarchiver. However, all attempts yielded a CPZG/ZIP loop.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 26, 2018 Jul 26, 2018

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I encountered the same problem Julie!

I would love to figure this out because it is a pain to export as jpegs and make a pdf in Acrobat.

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LEGEND ,
Sep 01, 2018 Sep 01, 2018

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How the hell does Adobe manage to break working features?

After my update the artboards to pdf exports files to be 70mb in size, instead of the usual 1.5mb. T

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 02, 2018 Nov 02, 2018

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I am having the same issue.

A 31,408 KB file exported to 1,381 KB file (jpg set to 6 - I believe) in Photoshop CC 2017, it Photoshop CC 2018 it exports to 16,861 KB and Photoshop CC 2019 to 16,861 KB - that's like 1200% increase...? 

It makes a lot of my files to large to even email. 

I have had to keep the old version of Photoshop CC 2017 to just handle creating PDF Files.

On the same thread, why must I create artboards to export to PDF? 

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LEGEND ,
Dec 09, 2018 Dec 09, 2018

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I used photoshop 2015.5 to export artboards to pdf and that made the files sizes considerably smaller.

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Apr 29, 2019 Apr 29, 2019

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LEGEND ,
Jul 14, 2019 Jul 14, 2019

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THANK YOU!!!!!!!! this worked - you literally just saved me! 

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LEGEND ,
Jan 24, 2020 Jan 24, 2020

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As stated for Adobe PDF too, working with PDF Files in the Adobe universe is painful.
Please work on the UI and pdf filesizes in photoshop with exporting artboards. Why does it even need a special Export feature for this? Why can't I save Artboards as Pages to a Photoshop PDF in the save dialog? Why can't it use presets as in every other adobe tool too?

In the end I have to buy and use third party tools like pdf squeezer (for mac).
One click, and it shrinks 18 MB photoshop pdf to 600 KB! Without lowering the quality!!

Adobe please work on your UI and make features consistent between tools.

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LEGEND ,
Aug 06, 2020 Aug 06, 2020

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This is great, can you please get this fix into Photoshop?

I had to search for a solution to this issue 3 years later because the script in Photoshop 2020 hasn't been updated.

This super simple demonstration went from an insane 370MB PDF down to 2.7MB with this fix.


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New Here ,
Mar 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021

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@JeffreyTranberry 

its not working on photoshop 2021 please need your help 🙏🏼 thank you 

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Mar 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021

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its working now, thank you so much 🙏🏼 God bless you ❤

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