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Topic: Illustrator file sizes
Conf: (P-PDF) Beginners, Msg: 87810
From: Robbo
Date: 5/15/2003 11:51 PM

Hey gang.

I make brochures which are small in physical size, but fairly graphical in nature. To run you through a typical brochure, it's 7.75 x 9 with a duotone background, process bars at the top and bottom with drop shadow, typically 3 images with drop shadows, and two columns of text. Oh yeah, and t-3 text headers with drop shadows. I like shadows.

I'm compiling these in Illustrator 9.0.2. When I convert to a 72 DPI PDF (after flattening them), the dropshadows get white bounding boxes around them. I've found that I get best results at 150 DPI. Now, the problem is that each page is around 2-4 megs, and there's two pages (cover and inside.) I'm looking at 5 meg PDF's. How the heck can I put these on my website and expect people to download them?

Anyone have any good tips for either eliminating the bounding boxes at 72 and/or lowering file sizes at 150?

If I save the page as an EPS, load the EPS into PageMaker and re-export it, I get nice small file sizes, but all my text is converted to shapes and looks a tiny bit rastered.


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