i'm a newbie in photoshop and i want to create a PDF output from my PSD file , the problem is when i set best settings in save as PDF i get a very good quality but the file is a little big about 8MB for the pdf ==> i don't know if the printer can print this file because it's take a time to get loaded in a pdf reader (adobe & foxit)

the second solution i have done is by choosing to save as pdf in minimal size i get less than 1 mb for the pdf but the image quality is terrible

update : the document that i'm working in is a CV/RESUME so i need to post it on the web for jobs interviews that way i need less size for the outputted PDF. Any hints ? thanks .

  • 8mb isn't a very big file size and you should be able to send that document to the printer. Have you tried sending the file to print yet?
    – AndrewH
    Sep 12, 2015 at 21:16
  • We are used to handle files some hundreds of Mb.
    – Rafael
    Sep 12, 2015 at 22:02
  • @AndrewH i don't know i haven't a printer i must try this later , i have said that because the file does not loaded smoothly in a pdf reader (i have 8 gb of ram)
    – The Beast
    Sep 12, 2015 at 22:04
  • @Rafael what you mean plz !!
    – The Beast
    Sep 12, 2015 at 22:04

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When dealing with print production, file size (kb) is generally not even looked at. It's unimportant. Print files will always be larger and it really doesn't matter how large they are.

8MB is nothing. Print production PDFs can easily reach three or four figure MB ranges for file sizes.

The notion that all files need to be small is purely a web/UI notion. There's no need to concern yourself at all with the file size of a PDF for print production other than perhaps "can you send this" via email/FTP/upload forms, etc. (Some email servers have restrictions on file sizes, that's really the only concern there'd be.)

The reality is a print-production PDF which is too small could be an indicator of an incorrectly formatted PDF. Not in most cases, but that can be a reality at times.

  • yes i have forgot to mention that the document is a CV/RESUME so i have to post it on the web for job interviews ... so what can i do in this case , thanks
    – The Beast
    Sep 12, 2015 at 22:06
  • Well, you really shouldn't use Photoshop to create a CV/Resume. It's just not the correct tool for that job.
    – Scott
    Sep 12, 2015 at 22:11
  • But i have found plenty of CV templates using PSD files it's my first time using photoshop , so what should i use ?
    – The Beast
    Sep 12, 2015 at 22:12
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    Uhm.. just because someone created a template it doesn't mean it's useful. Word or a layout application (InDesign/Illustrator) is much more appropriate than a photo editing application. In the design industry people can and will inspect your CV/Resume PDF and actually SEE what application created it. That actually can factor into your standing for some employers. If you aren't seeking a design position... then I guess it really doesn't matter. Just use whatever PDF settings you feel work well.
    – Scott
    Sep 12, 2015 at 22:14
  • well i have never used Adobe Illustrator or InDesign , if i use it ... will i be facing the pdf size problem or not ?
    – The Beast
    Sep 12, 2015 at 22:19

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