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Creating PDFs

getting a quality PDF without pixelation

10:46 am on Jun 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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When creating a PDF document in Photoshop, what are the best settings to ensure the best quality. PDFs would not be required for printing. Whenever I get a good quality PDF, file size it always too large.
11:13 am on June 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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flatten all the layers and don't preserve Photoshop editing (layer info etc) in the output -- that will reduce the size a lot.
8:15 pm on June 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Make sure it is saved in the PDF form. If you are NOT printing the PDFs, then you might be able to get away with setting the Options to a lower DPI. If you plan on putting the PDF online and want to keep the file small, make sure the DPI is within the normal web tolerance (72-92). The higher the DPI you use to maintain good resolution, the bigger the PDF file will be. Try to use a balance between readable PDF file and file size.

Of course, if you plan to use the PDF file as a download file on your web site, then you need to compress the file and provide the url to the compressed file for download. A general notice with link to Adobe's PDF Reader should always be included as a convenience to your viewers.