5 ways to reduce the size of a PDF file

Jani / Tips and tutorials / January 4th, 2012 / 2 Comments »

Let’s say you create an amazing PDF file. Lots of graphics, images and bookmarks to make it more comprehensive and appealing. But there’s one major nag: enormous file size!
Here are some tricks to make it smaller:

I. Re-make the PDF to reduce file size

We don’t mean that you have to redo it from scratch. A simple, yet handy trick to reduce the size of a PDF file is to strip out unwanted objects, remove tags and compress images. You can do that with any program that has a ‘print to PDF’ option or with the free online software PrimoPDF. With PrimoPDF editing can be done by following the steps:

  1. Open the PDF file
  2. Choose the Print dialog
  3. Select from the list of printers: PrimoPDF
  4. On the PrimoPDF options tab, click on eBooks.
  5. Click OK to complete the process

II. “Save as” command saves you from a large PDF file

Whether you are using Adobe Acrobat or Nitro PDF Professional you can make a simple, yet highly effective change in the size of your PDF. The “Save” feature is often much faster than the “Save As” simply because any additional changes to the file are appended at the end of the file, without a complete rewrite, so a bulk of info is just adding up. Instead, by using the “Save As” feature you can forget about this and have a smaller file size.
All you have to do is:

  1. Open the PDF editor
  2. In Acrobat go to File- Save As
  3. In Nitro PDF Professional go to Nitro PDF- Save As

III. Remove unwanted objects from PDF files

There are many features that can help you decrease the size of your PDF files. Some of the best tools are Adobe and Nitro PDF. The size of a PDF file is increased by links, bookmarks, form fields, JavaScript. But this shouldn’t be an issue. Whether you use the Nitro PDF Professional or Adobe just follow the steps bellow. :

  1. Open the PDF in the PDF editor
  2. In Nitro PDF Professional: Go to Nitro PDF Button > Prepare > Optimize Document
  3. In Acrobat: Go to Advanced > PDF Optimizer
  4. Choose the objects to remove
  5. Press OK to complete

IV. Clear unused space – Use the PDF Optimizer

There is unused space on your PDF that you might not be aware of. It’s always better to know what pulls up the size of your file. If you are using Adobe:
1. Select Advanced
2. Click on PDF Optimizer
3. Select the Audit Space Usage

V. Colors can be a problem in a file size

If color is not your major concern, don’t let the color scheme interfere with the file size. Use the RGB color space instead of the CMYK and you will see a significant change. You can find it in the options menu bar.

Don’t forget to save the file under the same or a different name after making these changes. Even if you don’t see it, size affects the way the file is viewed and transmitted. Keep it simple and small!

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About Jani

Janina is passionate about PR, digital publishing and online marketing. She loves the seaside, crafts, books, adventures and summer nights.

2 Responses to “5 ways to reduce the size of a PDF file”

  1. elvy says:

    good

  2. Matt says:

    Please also have a look at our tool: http://smallpdf.com – it’s a nice little tool and does a great job reducing your pdf.

    We appreciate every kind of feedback! Thanks!

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