Sometimes when creating a PDF you wish the PDF’s file size is small. Small PDF file can be easily shared via Email or can be uploaded to some file sharing sites or on the cloud. In this article, you’ll learn how to easily compress PDF files.
Images in the PDF play a vital role in increasing the file size, therefore a good idea is to remove unnecessary images or shrink/downsample the images. The images used should be first compressed. If you’re using Adobe Photoshop for this task, then press Alt+Shift+Ctrl+S to save the image for web and devices. In the next window, select JPEF and set quality at 60 or 70 percent. And if Photoshop seems to be a too complicated task, then you can also compress images with a right click by using a windows based application. Now you can use these images when creating a PDF.
How to Reduce PDF File Size
The above tip is only useful when you’re creating a PDF from scratch. Suppose you have a PDF which is around 55MB in size and you want to reduce the size of this PDF. In such a case, you can use PrimoPDF which is a PDF converter/printer. By using PrimoPDF, you can re-create the PDF in reduced size, this is also known as re-frying the PDF.
PrimoPDF is a freeware. Download and install it. Open the PDF which you want to reduce the size and press “Ctrl+P” which is a shortcut for printing the document. From the printer name, select “PrimoPDF” as your printer and click on OK. (Don’t worry, you’re not going to print the PDF)
A small progress bar will be displayed and then you can see a PrimoPDF window. Select eBook from here and then click on Create PDF button.
Next you’ll be prompted to select a location to save the file and you can also edit the name from here. A new PDF file will be created at your selected location.
Upon testing a PDF file which was originally 15.5MB in size, the same file is reduced to 7.09MB. This application can work wonders when you want to compress a large PDF file. The plus point of using this method is that PrimoPDF is free and you don’t need to shell out even a penny for this.