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5. Manipulating PDF Files > 58. Rasterize Intricate Artwork with Illustrator or...

Rasterize Intricate Artwork with Illustrator or Photoshop

When distributing a PDF online, some vector drawings outweigh their usefulness.

Vector drawings yield the highest possible quality across all media. For simple illustrations such as charts and graphs, they are also more efficient than bitmaps. However, when preparing a PDF for online distribution, you will sometimes find an intricate vector drawing that has tripled your PDF’s file size. With Acrobat and Illustrator (or Photoshop), you can rasterize this detailed drawing in-place and reduce your PDF’s file size.

Big Drawings in Little Spaces

How does this happen? Vector artwork scales easily without altering its quality. This means a big, detailed, 2 MB vector drawing can be scaled down perfectly to the size of a postage stamp. Even though most of its detail might no longer be visible on a paper printout or on-screen, the drawing is still 2MB in size. Again, this becomes an issue only when you go to distribute this file online and you want to reduce the document’s file size.


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