George V. Reilly

Shrinking PDF File Size

Our poster designer sent me a PDF of this year’s Bloomsday poster. I thought the file was too large at 7.2MB and I wanted to reduce the file size without sig­nif­i­cant loss of image quality. I was unable to achieve this in Preview or Acrobat Reader, but Ghost­script did the trick, thanks to an answer on AskUbuntu:

gs -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 \
    -sOutputFile=output.pdf input.pdf

The results speak for themselves.


Crop of the Original PDF, size 7.2MB.


Crop of -dPDF­SET­TINGS=/screen. PDF size: 78KB


Crop of -dPDF­SET­TINGS=/ebook. PDF size: 234KB


Crop of -dPDF­SET­TINGS=/prepress. PDF size: 1.75MB

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