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Jonathan Ziegler
Re: Reduce large 54 MB file for emailing
on Jul 22, 2013 at 9:38:03 pm

I'll guess that you're trying to send it to a printer or something then. First, see if they have an FTP area you can send it to, that'll fix it right there: follow their directions and you may hav eto download a free FTP app. You can also leave a copy on Google Drive or a similar service. If you have a website, you can FTP it to your site and then send them a link. You can also use a cloud or other off-computer service.

If not, you have to reduce the file in Illustrator. Convert all of your fonts to outlines, expand whatever can be expanded, remove any tracing art or other images in the file that have nothing to do with the final image. Remove copies of things that are hidden in the background. Expand all of your blends, pathfinder stuff, rasterize any raster effects, etc. Vector files should be fairly small for the size unless you have a lot of 3D or effects that take a long time to render, I suspect you have some things in the file you don't need. You can also flatten art on a layer by layer basis or even bring all layers together in one layer and flatten.

If you don't have illustrator, load it in photoshop at the source size (18x24) at 300dpi limited to the artboard, but if you need bleed, leave some space for bleed. Save as a PSD file first - It'll be really big. Flatten whatever can be flattened and save as a CMYK TIFF with compression but NO LAYERS. Re-open the Photoshop file and convert to RGB and save as a JPEG with max quality (12). Those are the basics, you should be able to get a version or 2 that's the right size. If not, try FTP or another large file archiving and access system.

Save early. Save often.

Jonathan Ziegler

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