I am creating a 12 page booklet, 120 x 180mm. All pages are text only except for the front cover which includes a PSD background and a Illustrator vector logo. When I export using the press quality preset in InDesign my file size is just over 1mb. Is this normal? Or am I doing something wrong? thanks!


Depending on the resolution of the psd background and its contents, this could very well be right. Text and vectors don't take up a lot of space by themselves, especially when optimised as in a pdf. If the visible parts of your psd happen to lend themselves well to compression, you may just have a perfectly fine file.

One thing you could check is the psd's actual resolution. You can find this in the Links palette in InDesign by selecting the line with the *.psd and twirling open the triangle at the bottom of the palette:

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In the list of data that appears, check effective PPI. If that is 300 or higher, you are fine.

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  • my PPI is 300! Thanks a lot for clearing this up for me I feel a lot better now! – Katie Louise Nov 3 '15 at 17:37

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