Recently I upgraded fo Illustrator CS6 and found something that is going to screw up my working with clients. The problem is that the .ai and .eps files are having really huge size (67MB on an average). I have used about 6 images (jpeg at 1024x768, less than 1MB each) made them as pattern in the swatches panel and applied on various shapes. The .ai file size is 109MB :O :O :O . Another ridiculous thing is that an art that contains only 3 lines of text plus some circles and squares (3 circles, 2 squares) filled with solid color is around 68MB.
This is really bad when I have to send the files to the clients. Please tell me how to reduce the file size without compromising on the pattern quality. Please, this is quite urgent.
I have already turned off Create PDF Compatible, preview set to none and do not embedd fonts. I haven't tried linking them, but if we link them, I won't be able to make it a pattern by dragging it to the swatches panel?
Dang! This is really weird. The files I was referring to were for iPad (artboard size 2048x1536). I opened a new doc @ 800x600 and copy pasted everything in the other file and saved it - 109MB file reduced to 402KB jaw dropper!!! I don't know the logic behind it, but I guess it has to be something related to artboard size ...