PDF or Portable Document Format is ideal for web usage because it is perhaps the only format that helps in reducing the size of the file and hence is easy for web transport. And yet one lands up with a PDF document that is rather large and this obviously does not serve the purpose. The good news is that the size of the PDF can be reduced. But before we go to the actual procedure of reduction we must look into the aspect of what makes a PDF size large.
A PDF document stores the data from a word document in an image format. This is also true when it comes to storing high quality images. Once these images are converted to the PDF format one can see that while the PDF document displays the exact image it has consumed far less bytes that the original image document. In fact when it comes to publishing hardcopy journals, flyers or business cards and the like the most preferred method of sending the material for publication in what is called Printready PDFs.
But what if even the PDF document that you have just converted from another file is still large and your only worry is to make it conducive for web transport? Well then there is a solution. There are four major things that should be considered here. The size and the resolution of the image that is embedded in the PDF document, the kind of fonts that are used here, the mode of the images in the document and data like comments and bookmarks the document. It is possible to reduce each of these four components to reduce the size of the PDF. When it comes to images, one should ensure that these images are in the vector format, the mode of the images should be CMYK and not too many fonts should be used in the text document and the bookmarks and comments are to be eliminated to optimize reduction of the PDF file.