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Smaller PDFs are Better PDFs

When creating PDF documents, often the most important consideration is how to keep the size of the file as small as possible. There are a number of ways to do this, but the most effective are:

  • Use as few fonts as possible. This includes limiting the use of bold and italic (and bold italic) variations of a font, as each variation is really a separate font.

  • Limit the use of graphics in publications to only those that are necessary.

  • Use the compression options found in Acrobat Distiller's Job Options dialog box, such as downsampling and JPEG compression.

  • Use the subset option (located within the Font tab) of Acrobat Distiller's Job Options dialog box.

  • Use vector graphics for large, solid areas where possible.

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