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AuthorSubject: Reducing PSD file size or creating a PDF for press   [Go to Bottom of Page]
Fabrice Grover
Posted on Sun Jan 18, 2004 8:34 PM

I am submitting a business card designed in Photoshop CS to Vistaprint.com. My 8bit CMYK PSD file set to their specified physical dimensions and resolution (3.54 x 2.05 at 300dpi) with an embedded profile (U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) V2) is rejected because it is a few bytes over their file size limit of 5MB ("Maximum Allowed Size: 5120 Your Image Size: 5149.3"). There are three layers in the file: a background photo, a text layer, and a text layer with a layer effect.

I would like to reduce the file size while submitting the layout in a format that preserves the vector data of my file. I'm not sure if PSD text layers are sent to the output device as vectors or if they are rasterized first, but I have a feeling PDF files may be the way to go here. I have Adobe Acrobat 6, but I'm new to creating PDFs for press work and am a little overwhelmed by the huge number of available options.

Would someone kindly suggest the best way to create a simple PDF file that preserves the color and vector information in my file? I have tried "save as Adobe PDF" from within Photoshop, and when I open the resulting file it looks very similar to what I seen in Photoshop, but Vistaprint doesn't seem to be able to interpret the file (the Vistaprint server returns an error stating that the "file could not be uploaded because the server is too busy at this time," an error message I never receive when uploading tiffs or PSD files under 5MB). I also tried printing the PSD to PDF using the Print command, but the resulting file displays the image with a strong Magenta cast, no matter which color settings I choose among the PDF options.

My guess is that Vistaprint accepts only very basic PDF files, so I need some way to create a widely compliant file.

Aside from PSD and PDF formats, it seems the only other format Vistaprint accepts that would preserve my fonts as vector lines is the the PostScript .ps format. Is this a viable option for press work? I'm not sure what happens to the profile information when I save to PostScript.

Thanks very much for your thoughts. Vistaprint doesn't seem to answer their e-mails, so I may give up attempting to find workarounds for the idiosyncrasies of their system in favour of the support available from a local print shop.


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