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Scribus => PDF Generation => Topic started by: Chris291 on December 01, 2019, 04:38:26 pm

Title: Size of .pdf files
Post by: Chris291 on December 01, 2019, 04:38:26 pm
Hi everyone,
I produce a monthly newsletter in Scribus which I export to a .pdf file for distribution.

In October the file size was 4 372 KB for 14 pages with quite a lot of .jpg images (all reduced in size by exporting within Picasa).

I am now close to finishing the November edition which is 15 pages, again with .jpg images. To my horror the .pdf file size is 14 311 KB. I checked by exporting each individual page and found one which was 4 311 KB! I looked at the page which had 6 images on it and added each image together and arrived at a value of 649 KB!

Clearly, I am doing something wrong, but I need your help to sort the problem out.
Ideally I need the total file size to be around the 5 000 KB mark as it is emailed to lots of people who still have restrictions on post box size.

Thanks for any help.
Chris Edwards
Title: Re: Size of .pdf files
Post by: RodneyLee on December 01, 2019, 06:29:23 pm
check max and minimum images(forgot which was there) size in pdf export and pdf dpi setting for print, are you set to web/screen or print?
Title: Re: Size of .pdf files
Post by: a.l.e on December 01, 2019, 10:50:58 pm
if the images are already optimzied, you can try to avoid that scribus recalculates the images by compressing them when exporting to pdf.

if you  want more help, i think that you'll need to share your document, collected for output and with everything (images and fonts included) zipped.

ah, and in this case, the scribus version might matter: which version of scribus are you using?

Title: Re: Size of .pdf files
Post by: Chris291 on December 02, 2019, 05:42:49 pm
Thank you both for your help.

1.) I set the limit on image size to 200 dpi
2.) I used the Lossy - JPEG method of compression

result was my .pdf file reduced to 3 771 KB!
My version of Scribus is 1.4.8
Cheers from South Africa