.ps to .pdf

In the near future you may encounter problems submitting your print job to the inkjet printer in OP1250 (OP Output) The problem typically is due to the file size of the pdf you are making. The .pdf is too large (larger than 48 MB in size). Yes, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator have the “Save As” to .pdf option and InDesign has the “Export” option, but these paths to a .pdf do not by default compress the file size of the .pdf. You need to adjust the .pdf presets as you “Save As” (a pdf dialog box should pop up) in Photoshop and Illustrator and/or click on the “Adobe PDF Presets prior to “Export” and adjust the presets to lower the file size. In the dialog box, select the “Smallest File Size” present, then click on the “Compression” option in the left column of the dialog box. Resize from 100 ppi to 150 ppi in the Color and Grayscale Images options then click “Save” or “Export”

The best process for creating a small file size pdf is to “Print” to a .ps (Postscript) file and use Acrobat Distiller, distill the .ps file to a .pdf – using the “Standard” preset. This process will typically take a 60 to 80 MB .psd file and creates a 1.2 to 1.8 MB .pdf. I will go over this again in class tomorrow. Print the job and in the Print dialog box, select Postscript Printer instead of an actual printer and make sure you select the Acrobat 9 PPD (Postscript Page Description). Walk through all the options and choose the appropriate settings as you normally would do if printing to an actual printer. When you click the print button, the software will “print” the data to a file (make sure you know where you are sending the .ps file). Drag and drop the .ps file into Acrobat Distiller and it will crunch your. ps file and make you a .pdf. Now you now have the most reliable .pdf you can make.

Too bad this process is no longer supported by Adobe or Apple. We had to hack the computers and set them up to do this. If you want to be able to do this on your own Mac, see me. I can show you how.



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