Optimising PDFs for your Website

PDFs that you've exported from illustration applications such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop often come with a file size larger than whole webpages. This is a problem when you want to embed a PDF onto your site or have it downloadable.

Large PDFs, like other files, take up a lot of filespace on your server, which can increase the cost to your hosting plan. The easiest way to avoid this is to optimise the PDFs before uploading them to your site.


Fortunately, Adobe has a free online service for reducing the size of your PDFs

First step is to head on over to https://www.adobe.com/au/acrobat/online/compress-pdf.html


  1. Upload your PDF using the 'Select a file' button

  2. Select the medium option for compression

  3. You may have to wait a few seconds for the compression process if your PDF is particularly large

  4. Once the compression has been completed, you will be able to download your PDF using the Download button
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