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Apr 26, 2011 4:13 PM

Photoshop to PDF - file too big

I'm using CreateSpace's Photoshop template for my book cover, and following their instructions for creating a PDF, which is print quality settings, with no downsampling. However, when I do this, my 40meg PSD file becomes a 100 meg PDF!  I thought PDFs were meant to be smaller...?

The only way I can get the PDF to be less than 40 meg is if I turn on the downsampling.

 

Are there any other ways to keep my PDF under the allowed 40 megs while still keeping it print quailty?

 

thanks!

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1. Apr 26, 2011 4:28 PM in response to: JodyKihara
Re: Photoshop to PDF - file too big

Easy peasy.

 

Make a copy of your PSD. Put it somewhere safe.

 

Then flatten all the layers in your PSD before saving to PDF. Because Photoshop PDF files are editable and retain all the layers, the file size is usually about the same as the PSD file. Flattening the PSD removes all the editable data, reducing the file size dramatically.

 

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2. Apr 26, 2011 4:31 PM in response to: JodyKihara
Re: Photoshop to PDF - file too big

Save your Photoshop file as a JPG (maximum quality, minimum compression) and convert that file to a PDF.  Save a flattened copy of your file as a PDF and use the compress to JPG and save a flattened copy of your file. As long as your there, select the PDF/X-1a preset.  It sounds like you're saving all the layers.

 

You can reduce the quality to the low end of Maximum (say 90%, or 10 or 11 on PS's scale of 1-12) and you shouldn't notice any degredation in the image.

 

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3. Apr 26, 2011 4:33 PM in response to: lipmag
Re: Photoshop to PDF - file too big

I've been with PS since ver 4, but I haven't moved up from CS3; it is my understanding that Adobe didn't introduce easy peasy until CS4 . . . although this could be a 32 bit versus 64 bit issue as well.

 

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4. Apr 26, 2011 4:38 PM in response to: walton
Re: Photoshop to PDF - file too big

I've been with PS since version 5, then 7, then CS2, CS3 and CS5. IIRC, the easy peasy "flatten image" and "merge layers" options have always been there.

 

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7. Apr 26, 2011 4:45 PM in response to: JodyKihara
Re: Photoshop to PDF - file too big

Glad that worked for you.

 

Another very good reason to flatten all the layers is that if your PDF contains layers, elements can slip out of place when CS prints the file. I don't really understand how or why that happens, but people have reported the problem in this forum when they receive their proof and discovered things have moved.

 

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8. Apr 26, 2011 5:01 PM in response to: lipmag
Re: Photoshop to PDF - file too big

Yeah, flatten and merge (4 was the first PS with layers) . . . but not easy peasy.  But then you're on Mac, so that could explain it.

 

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10. Apr 26, 2011 5:10 PM in response to: JodyKihara
Re: Photoshop to PDF - file too big

Consider changing browsers.

 

Some work for some people and not for others.  Firefox seems to be the most consistent, although some people can't get it to work for them. When I use IE none of the interactive things work.

 

Ah . . .no easy peasy on Mac . . . maybe Michelle was just teasing . . .

 

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12. May 18, 2011 4:40 AM in response to: walton
Re: Photoshop to PDF - file too big

I just found this forum this morning - thansk for the postings. I have the same problem - a 2 meg .jpg being saved as a .pdf in Photoshop grows to 14 megs and clogs the inboxes.  I tried to flatten the .jpg image, but the option is grayed out.  Can someone give this newbie a step by step, please?
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14. May 18, 2011 3:30 PM in response to: JodyKihara
Re: Photoshop to PDF - file too big

Thanks for the reply - I volunteer for a non-profit child development organization.  Children in several South American countries write letters and draw pictures for their sponsors inthe United States.  The letters are scanned and emailed as .jpg and I, in turn, send them to volunteer translators.  Several of these volunteers prefer .pdf over .jpg for their work - I try to accomodate their computer environments.  Perhaps with this explanation, you may have some other ideas to offer?

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