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printing/saving to PDF...  pdf file size is enormous...

Apr 9, 2013 3:59 PM

Tags: #pdf #to #cs6 #printing/saving

I am trying to convert a psd file that is a 36"X80" banner to a pdf file.  In the past, I have printed to PDF and all has been fine.  Today the Print to PDF fails...  it doesn't give me an error it just pretends like it prints to pdf with the status box popping up for a second, then nothing.  So I attempted to Save As a PDF instead...  this worked, but resulted in pdf with a file size of 453M!  This is much larger than the pdf's I was getting before, in the 3-ish M file size... any idea what I can do differently please?  thank you!

 
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    Apr 9, 2013 4:59 PM   in reply to kbsinglet

    What did you change in your document?

    What did you change in the options when saving the file?

     

    And why were you ever using print to PDF in the first place?

     
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    Apr 9, 2013 5:41 PM   in reply to kbsinglet

    That could be the cause - but without all the details we can't know for sure.

     
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    Apr 9, 2013 6:16 PM   in reply to kbsinglet

    it is not clear what you are trying to do...

     

    File> Save As> Photoshop PDF

    for much smaller file size, be sure to un-check Preserve Photo Editing Capabilities

     

    uncheck.png

     

    also Compression...

     

    comp.png

     
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    Apr 9, 2013 6:24 PM   in reply to kbsinglet

    I am trying to convert a psd file that is a 36"X80" banner to a pdf file.

    And for what purpose? Web? Email attachment? Inkjet Print? Offset Print?

     
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    Apr 9, 2013 7:08 PM   in reply to kbsinglet

    That's a large format banner.  Find out ( from the print center ) if they can accept a scaled down version in RGB ( they may want it CMYK, if so give it to them ) @ 9" x 20" @ 300ppi.  Tell them to scale the file in their RIP 400%.  You can still Save As > Phootoshop PDF, but try a compression setting of 8 or 10.  Preview the file in Reader to make sure you do not save any other elements and it is cropped to 9 x 20 @ 300ppi.  The final resolution will be around 75ppi which is enough for inkjet.  The problem with a high res file at 36" x 80" is it gets to a point where it is unmanageable and the size is certainly not going to make it over the internet.

     
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    Apr 9, 2013 7:12 PM   in reply to kbsinglet
    convert a psd file that is a 36"X80" banner to a pdf file.

     

     

    why send PDF

     

    your printer will most likely flatten a 36x80" PDF document in Photoshop and print it as a .tif (even if they are going through a RIP)

     

    ask them that up front if that's what they do and save yourself some time (if they do not preserve vector info)

     

    your printer should provide a preferred resolution (likely 90-180 ppi)

     

    and most safest colorspace recommended: sRGB

    let them convert to their CMYK if needed

     

    i would Save As (and deliver) a max-quality .jpg (or compressed .tif depending on the image)...

     
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