How To Make Adobe Illustrator Pdf File Smaller

Have you ever found yourself in a predicament where you have a wonderfully crafted design in Adobe Illustrator, but the PDF file size is simply too large to upload or send? If so, you’re not the only one! In this blog post, we will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to reduce the size of your Adobe Illustrator PDF files without compromising any important design elements.

Method 1: Reducing the size within Adobe Illustrator

Yes, Adobe Illustrator itself provides you with options to reduce your PDF file size. Here’s how:

  1. Open your file in Adobe Illustrator.
  2. Go to File > Save As and choose PDF as the output format.
  3. In the PDF options dialog box, select Adobe PDF Preset > [Smallest File Size].
  4. Uncheck the Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities option. (Note: This will significantly reduce the file size but you won’t be able to edit the PDF file in Illustrator).
  5. Click on Save PDF.

The PDF file generated now will be of a much smaller size.

Method 2: Using the Adobe Acrobat Pro

Another way to reduce the file size is using the Adobe Acrobat Pro software. Here’s how:

  1. Open your file in Adobe Acrobat Pro.
  2. Go to File > Save As Other > Reduced Size PDF.
  3. Choose the latest version of Acrobat in the drop-down list that you think your users will have installed.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Save the PDF.

Now, your PDF should be smaller.


So, there you have it, two simple ways to reduce your Adobe Illustrator PDF file size. Although these methods can help you reduce file size, they might also reduce the quality of images and graphics in your PDF. Hence, it’s always recommended to maintain a balance between file size and quality based on your specific requirements. Happy designing!