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Adobe Acrobat Pro X: Creating an Optimized PDF

General Overview

A PDF (portable document format) is used to view a document on a computing device regardless of the application, software, or hardware that was used to create the original document. Adobe Acrobat software, which is used to create a PDF, and is available for use in the campus computing labs and from Software Distribution Services. This document explains how to optimize a PDF to reduce the file size and minimize printing errors related to file size or image content. If you require assistance creating a PDF, please refer to the instructions at technology.pitt.edu for creating a PDF.

How to optimize PDF files in Acrobat Pro X

1.     Open the file in Adobe Acrobat (available in all Campus Computing Labs and Software Distribution Services).

2.     Click File -> Save As -> Optimized PDF.

3.     Set Make compatible with: to Acrobat 9.0 and later.
Note: Users with Acrobat 8.0 and earlier won't be able to open your file if you send it to them.

4.     Click Images on the left. Change the two Quality settings to High.
Note: In some instances, you may need to choose Maximum quality to better preserve image quality; however, the tradeoff is usually a much larger file size and a longer print time.

5.     Click Discard Objects on the left and place a check mark next to all options.

6.     Next, click Discard User Data and place a check mark next to all options.

7.     Click Clean up on the left and place a check mark next to all options.

8.     Click OK.
9.     Choose a location to save your optimized file. Do not save over your original filename so you can still make changes if necessary.