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?
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 could be the cause - but without all the details we can't know for sure.
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?
THANKS. THAT'S HELPFUL. I WILL TRY THAT TO SEE IF SMALLER. I AM EMAILING IT TO A PRINT CENTER TO GET IT PRINTED AT FULL SIZE FOR A PRESENTATION... SO WILL THE COMPRESSION HURT THE IMAGE QUALITY?
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)...