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raywilk

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Controlling file size in .PDF
« on: September 30, 2018, 03:22:16 am »
I'm new to Scribus and Desktop Publishing in general although I'm good with MS Office. I have been creating, quite successfully, a magazine in Scribus but struggle to control the file size when exporting to .PDF
I have been in the habit of printing to a file (Foxit Reader PDF Printer). Can anyone help control the file size with regard to images and text. I've noticed that a page of text in different fonts will produce wildly different file sizes. Is one font better than another regarding this size issue.
Any help would be most appreciated.
Cheers, Ray

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Re: Controlling file size in .PDF
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2018, 07:18:39 pm »
Scribus has been targeted towards printing, where the size of the PDF is less important than the quality of the publication.

Some things to consider are:

- Are you embedding fonts? Fonts can be 10-15 MB each.
- Do you have a lot of vector graphics?
- Do you downsample images? For printing you probably want 300 PPI, but for reading on the screen you can likely get away with 75 PPI.

I think there are several pages in the Scribus Wiki on the topic too.

Some people like to run the PDF through for example Ghostscript to reduce the file size.

raywilk

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Re: Controlling file size in .PDF
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2018, 01:31:59 pm »
Thanks very much for your reply Nermander. There are some things for me to consider. I have installed Ghostscript but can you please point me in the right direction to check out how to use this to possibly reduce the file size.
Thanks, Ray

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Re: Controlling file size in .PDF
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2018, 09:45:39 pm »