[scribus] Saving as PDF with a smaller file size

Meho R. mehor at gmx.com
Thu Aug 18 14:54:03 UTC 2011

On 18.08.2011 16:47, Meho R. wrote:
> On 18.08.2011 16:28, Theo wrote:
>> when you from Scribus export  to PDF  go to tab General en set 
>> resolution to 54 DPI instead of the 300, that is just enough quality 
>> for the screen.
>> Theo Mulder
>> Op 18-8-2011 14:54, Christopher A. Zaino, PT, PhD schreef:
>>> I am using Scribus 1.4.0.r5 on linux mint 10. I have a two page 
>>> newsletter with 2 small pictures, some graphic shapes, some PDF 
>>> hyperlinks, 5 layers. When I export this newsletter to a PDF format, 
>>> it is quite large (19 mb). This is a problem because I need to email 
>>> this newsletter to a group of people. So I need a smaller file size.
>>> I have tried saving in various ways - PDF 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, I have 
>>> changed the resolution of the pictures to 100, 125, 150 dpi 
>>> (originally it was 300 dpi) and it always saves at the same 19 mb. 
>>> However, twice I have tried something and it will save at 1.3 mb or 
>>> 1.8 mb, but when I try it again using the same (?) settings, it is 
>>> back to 19 mb.
>>> Does anybody have any suggestions on how to save the file to PDF 
>>> with a smaller size - any settings I should be aware of or should I 
>>> decrease the number of layers. I like the layers because I can move 
>>> about the document easier with the layers - I have text on one 
>>> layer, graphics on another, pictures on another.....
>>> Also, any clue as to why I would get one size file most of the time 
>>> and then have a drastically smaller file, but can't duplicate it 
>>> within seconds of saving the first (smaller file)?
>>> thanks
>>> Chris
>>> Christopher A. Zaino, PT, PhD
>>> CP Sapling - Serving the needs of families with children with 
>>> Disabilities
>>> Websites:  www.cpxsm.org (Chinese and English)
>>>            http://globalhz.org/ASIA_CP.html
>>> Online Donations: www.razoo.com/story/Cp-Sapling-2
> I personally wouldn't go below 72 dpi, but if you consider 54 dpi 
> enough for your taste, so be it. Also, beside setting resolution for 
> bitmap images ("Maximum Image Resolution" checkbox at the bottom of 
> the PDF export dialog), you might want to check "Embed EPS & PDF Files 
> (Experimental)" so that vector graphics (if there's any) isn't 
> converted to bitmap, which might effect the file size considerably.
And one more thing I forgot to mention: by setting intended output to 
"Screen/Web" ("Color" tab in PDF export dialog) instead of default 
"Printer", you might save some more kilobytes or even megabytes.

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