What to do with a 130mb pdf file - it's too BIG!

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InterAlia says

I've made my first digital collage sheet and I'm very happy with the result.

I made it in Quark with scanned jpgs and exported the Quark file as a PDF.

The problem is that the PDF is MASSIVE at 130mb, now I know that nobody is going to want that monster arriving in their inbox and that's assuming that I can actually send it.

I've tried re-sizing the PDF in Acrobat Pro but it makes it tiny - 156kb so it's a bit fuzzy when viewed at 100% in Photoshop, this isn't good enough.

Is there some tried and tested method that all the wonderful digital collage sheet creators use that they'd be willing to share with a beginner?

I'd be very grateful!

Posted at 12:16pm Jul 23, 2008 EDT


InterAlia says


Posted at 12:21pm Jul 23, 2008 EDT

hklinger says

I haven't used Quark, but it sounds like you're maybe saving it as a very high quality. If it's only for the web, it doesn't need to be the best quality for computer screens.

It could also be the pictures in your PDF. Again, if it's only for the web, your pictures only need to be 72 PPI.

Does this make any sense?

My suggestions, try saving it at a lower quality, and/or reduce the pixels in the images.


Posted at 12:22pm Jul 23, 2008 EDT

I don't know the answer to your question, but I do have another question;

why don't they sell you a cd? It seems like you could get a much cleaner copy of the digital file, and you'd have a permanent disk (not cluttering up your computer).

Posted at 12:24pm Jul 23, 2008 EDT

InterAlia says

Thanks hklinger, but the images are to be emailed to customers (here's hoping!) so that they can print and use the images at a very good quality. I think that it will need to be at 300dpi.

I wonder if I should compress the image in Quark as I convert it to a PDF? I'll try that....

Posted at 12:24pm Jul 23, 2008 EDT

hklinger says

Can you put a low-res one on the store page, and then send the customer the higher one as a compressed file after they purchase it?

Posted at 12:27pm Jul 23, 2008 EDT

InterAlia says

hklinger - that's the plan, yes.

Posted at 12:30pm Jul 23, 2008 EDT

hklinger says

Hmm, I'm sorry I can't be of more help. I'm an Indesign user myself. Maybe try a google search too and see what other settings in Quark can help lower the size!

High Quality images lead to big files. It's tough to get around it. You can also consider splitting the images up into other PDFs.

Good luck :)

Posted at 12:36pm Jul 23, 2008 EDT

i used to design catalog pages and we had to save them from quark into PDF's ... trying to remember how it worked. i recall having different PDF specs saved for different printers (companies, not machines!)

that might have been in Acrobat, though. i think we saved the QUark pages as an eps, then dropped the eps into Acrobat Distiller. the settings i remember may have been Distiller settings.

(wow, this probably won't help, sorry)

Posted at 12:40pm Jul 23, 2008 EDT

Was it distilled for offset printing or on-screen viewing? If you have the professional version of Acrobat the pdf can be opened and saved as an optimized pdf. That will reduce the size considerably.

Posted at 12:44pm Jul 23, 2008 EDT