Since PDF files don’t allow further editing of the text or images they contain, they are a great format to share documents and forms online. Sending important documents via e-mail or uploading them to a website for further sharing is the norm by now.
However, if you embed a lot of different images like graphics, charts and photos, clipart and illustrations to a PDF, the file size is significantly high. Especially for PDF documents with many pages.
Luckily, large PDF files can be reduced in file size by a simple compression of the whole file.
[EDIT] We have improved our compression function! This tutorial was, of course, updated to the current and improved state!
Compress PDF Documents
PDF2Go provides an easy way to compress a PDF and thus decrease the file size, making it easier, faster and more convenient to share a PDF online.
This reduction is done by decreasing the quality of the images contained in the PDF. To make a PDF file smaller, you don’t have to play with different settings of the images, but can easily make use of our presets:
Depending on the preset you choose, the quality of your PDF and the images contained in it will be changed, thus having a distinct impact on the file size of the PDF.
Find all presets explained here.
How Effective Is The File Size Reduction?
To answer this question we have run a test. The subject is a PDF with 242 pages, containing images. The file size of the PDF is 1.35 MB.
Preset used: eBook
Result: 692 KB
We didn’t even have to use the preset with the lowest quality and already achieved a very high compression and thus file size reduction of the PDF. From 1,350 KB to 692 KB means we actually reduced the file size by 49%.
How To Reduce A PDF’s File Size
With this in mind, let’s have a look at how to compress your PDF file:
- Go to www.PDF2Go.com/Compress-PDF
- Upload your file. It doesn’t have to be a PDF file. Other documents (Word, TXT, RTF) and images (JPG, TIFF) work as well. However, the output will always be a PDF.
- Choose a preset for the compression.
- Click on “Save Changes”. When the compression is done, you can download the PDF.
And that’s all you have to do – 4 simple steps!