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!
there are now 4 jpeg images in the file - one that is a fairly high resolution... could that be the difference? I just didn't htink it would change the file size so much.
I didn't realize I could save as a pdf until I was googling this problem today! That's why I was printing to pdf before...
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.
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)...