PDF/X-1a is a flattened PDF. The printer is clueless. I think a printer should be able to handle huge files. You should consider to find a different printer.
Can you deliver a link to your drop box or can you split the PDF? Any other recommendation I know would cause damage to the quality.
YOU SHOULD NEVER EVEN CONSIDER TO OPEN AND FLATTEN A PDF IN PHOTOSHOP FOR PRINTING! THIS IS A NO-GO!
thanks for the response. Let me clarify that i did NOT open and flatten the PDF in photoshop, i meant the images itself, i flattened the images, placed them in InDesign, then made the PDF from InDesign.
But on this project, yes i feel the printer is clueless lol but apparently they arent and keep telling me to flatten the file.... still not getting it.
Why not use WeTransfer to send the files?
<100mb is not a huge file size and any printer worth their salt should be able to accept it.
You should neither flatten the images in Photoshop as it could result in different results. Use correct file types which allow transparency like PDF, PSD, TIFF, AI, PDP.
Don't use EPS.
yes i feel the printer is clueless lol but apparently they arent
Unless there's a miscommunication between the printer and here, they most certainly are. Unfortunately, it's not remotely surprising. If a printer rejects files based on their size, reject the printer if at all possible. Not to mention that flattening quite often increases file size.
at least you guys are making me feel smart lol id like to think i know a little about design but the printer is making me question it. Now there prepress is still saying it needs to be flattened. i dont know if they take the PDF and flatten it in Acrobat Distiller or what? I did offer to send wetransfer or dropbox but they didnt respond yet to that. Thought maybe there was something i was missing when exporting in InDesign but it doesnt sound like it.. .
You should not use the Distiller at all with InDesign. PDFs from InDesign have to be exported, as postscript should be avoided.
Do you have the possibility to bring/send the printer an USB stick with the file?
Why should anyone flatten a PDF/X-1a? It is a flattened file. Nothing to do with flattening any more.
There are several different, and contradictory, meanings of "flatten" so it's on order to ask exactly what kind of flattening they want and what tools to do it with.
One meaning of "flattening" is to flatten transparency, turning it into images or composite shapes.
1. This sort of flattening almost always makes things bigger, not smaller - if there is transparency in the first place.
2. When you save as PDF/X1-a or PDF/X-3 it will always be flattened; that's the rules.
3. So the choice of PDF/X-1a forces flattening and often makes files much bigger.
Do the printer require PDF/X-1a?
they havent told me what they require besides a high quality print version. so i have always done the PDF/x1-a with no problems. I guess maybe they mean images but as many stated, it would make the file larger. I have no idea at this point and hopefully can just send via wetransfer.com thank you all for your help