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Topic: Need advice bigtime on flattening/printing
Conf: (P-PDF) Beginners, Msg: 170230
From: Noprotein
Date: 5/15/2009 06:04 PM

Hello, I've checked for a couple weeks on this (links are appreciated) but I'm fragile now after pulling my hair out so no "Wow, google ftw" type responses please =)

OK so here's my situation. I work at a fairly small print production/school portrait studio. We are currently in yearbook season and my job (along with a couple others) are taking the files be it word, pdf, publisher, or a yearbook company's files and touch them up then send them to our print section. I'm new to the company but noticed that we have very inconsistent and sometimes detrimental file handling habits. I'm quite profficient with computers and adobe suite for the most part. What I do now: Take the files and after editing eventually convert them to pdf using acrobat or the yearbook program that exports a pdf. A big problem for us is file size though. Each page of a yearbook has lots of images and text. The images in pdfs are all layered and vectored along with the text. The text is not an issue, it doesn't take up anywhere near enough space to be an issue. The images however are a big problem. Some of our books get to be 1gb and this is out of control. What I'm doing currently is opening them through a photoshop action to rasterize and flatten then resave with no "preserve photoshop editing". This cuts a 50mb page to 1mb. However this process is very difficult and time-consuming and I'm afraid there's quality loss.

What I'd like to do: "Flatten" the pdf so everything is one layer. I don't need to edit in the future and any last minute touchups will be done in photoshop. I don't need a stacked page full of moveable images that make gigantic file sizes. I am having a very hard time finding the best way to do this. Flatten in the photoshop aspect. I don't want to compress the images or fonts or do anything weird, I just need it flat and uneditable and rasterized at the current quality settings. We have the creative suite including acrobat 8 pro and distiller. Can i save it as a PDF/A or a .ps file and use distiller in some way to do this?

Bottom line: How do I truly flatten everything in a pdf decreasing the file size and making it high quality but photoshop-style flat? Thanks in advance and I really appreciate any responses/ideas.

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