I have to send a PDF of the map I am working on to a customer.
Not for printing on a press, just to look at.
Sometimes when people send me PDF's they have been able to
make them a small file and email it to me and they are easy to read.
I can't seem to make my Illustrator PDF small enough to email.
Also I want the PDF fixed so they can't edit it.
What version of Illustrator do you have? I have CS4
When i save to pdf a pop-up box prompts me with pdf options.
- set "Adobe PDF preset" to "smallest file size"
- uncheck "preserve illustrator editing capabilities"
- adjust compression settings in the "compression" tab
- go to the "security" tab and check "use password to restrict editing"
- here you can set more options like what they can copy (if anything) and printing resolution
this will save a perfect scalable reproduction of your work, and i dont think they will be able to edit it (could be wrong)
If you dont get the diolouge box in illustrator when saving (or for ultimate protection):
- select all artwork
- object menu > rasterize
- adjust resolution for desired quality
- your artwork is now a pixel image (dont save it as your illustrator file!)
- save as pdf file (with restrictions if you want)
If all else fails, you can open the pdf in acrobat and add security though "advanced" > "security" and reduce file size through "document" > reduce file size"
To check how hard your artwork is to modify:
- use a screenshot of the pdf or open the pdf in illustrator
- see if you can move anything, if yes you use the rasterization method
- use live-trace if it's a pixel image
has damage been done using live trace? if your disgn is simple enough to live-trace from a pixelated image there is no hope for true security.