How to downsize PDF Size
A PDF is known for its compactness, but once you load it with images, graphs and charts, that size increases drastically. The solution for a situation where you cannot even e-mail your PDF, is to compress it. Compression comes with its own problems though, and it is best to understand the different ways you can compress a PDF prior to sharing it with friends or co-workers.
Lossy Compression for your PDF
Downsizing PDF size comes in two forms – lossy and lossless compression. These compression methods are completely different in terms of how it handles data, besides text, within the PDF. Lossy compression will reduce the size of your videos and pictures, decreasing the quality. This is a good option if the quality of your PDF’s art isn’t relevant. Some examples of lossy compression formats are JPEG, JIF and JPEG 2000.
Lossless PDF Compression
Lossless compression will not harm any of the content within your PDF; while still downsizing your PDF size. Lossless compression uses tools such as Winzip to downsize the PDF file. A ZIP compression is simple and most PC’s offer the option by right-clicking on a file. No matter the reason, downsizing PDF size is important to understand and perform. Internet searches will reveal tools that can help you in these tasks, and most of them are free or available on a trial basis.