I have a question for you about resizing tif image for print.

We are creating a 6x10 inches Indesign brochure right now. I have this 63M, 3840x5760 px, 300 resolution tif image will be whole spread of brochure.

It seems like the file is very big for such small brochure. Another designer wants to include original file for ensuring print quality.

However, I felt...

Is it better to resize the tif image to 6x10 inches?

If so, what is the best way to do it? still save as tif? or it could be photoshop file?

Thanks for the help!

2 Answers 2


My answer is two fold.

If you will deliver the final file as a PDF to the printer, you could include the huge file on your InDesign source file but, when exporting to PDF, indicate that anything with a resolution bigger than 300dpi (or whatever your target resolution will be) should be reduced to 300dpi. The printer will not need an image bigger than what they actually can use. For regular press jobs, this is usually 300dpi. You can check with your printer what is the max resolution.

To export a PDF and reduce the DPI of the final images, follow these steps:

  1. Select File->Export from the InDesign menu. Select a location and name for the PDF.
  2. The "Export Adobe PDF" window appears, select the profile that best applies to your case. If it will be printed in an offset press, select "Press Quality". If it will be printed on a desktop printer, select "High Quality Print". This step is optional. You could select all the options by yourself, but these two profiles load most of them so they save you time.
  3. On the left of the window click on "Compression" to access the compression settings. Change the settings under Color Images or Grayscale Images if necessary. For example, in this case (image) any colour image bigger than 450dpi will be compressed to 300dpi. Your image will stay huge on your source file, but on the PDF it will be reduced to 300dpi.

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Now, the second part of my answer is that, even when this is convenient and I usually do it like this for laziness, I actually prefer, if I have the time, to re-size the images myself to the size they will actually be used. In your case I would take the image, open it in Photoshop and resize it to 6x10 @ 300dpi. I would fiddle with all the options in Photoshop until I get the image looking its best at that size. Sometimes after re-sizing it needs sharpening, or retouching on a particular spot because the resize algorith made a boo boo. Then I would save a copy of the image and use this one on the brochure, as opossed to the huge one.


Brochures should not be designed in Photoshop. InDesign or Illustrator are better tools to use.

If you insist on using Photoshop, then yes, your file sizes are going to be large. This is expected.

Delivering a .tif file ensures nothing changes in the images except perhaps some color shifting, which you'll have to watch for.

Delivering a .psd means ANYTHING may change, fonts may be substituted, things can shift or move. Most printers watch for this and try and mitigate any issues and then supply a proof though.

Talk to your print provider and ask which they'd prefer.

A better option may be to deliver a PDF and forget about a .tif or .psd entirely.

  • I am sorry. I didn't make it clear. We are using Indesign to design the Brochure. Commented Jun 18, 2014 at 17:22
  • Large files are bigger in terms of kb... that's just how raster images work. In most cases, if you're creating designs for print, file size is of no concern. Let them grow as large as they need to grow. With InDesign, I pretty much only use .psd files for placing. There's really no reason for .tif at all.
    – Scott
    Commented Jun 18, 2014 at 17:30

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