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Best settings to compress a illustrator document for printing?

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So whats the best way to compress a document that is going to be professionally printed?

Unfortunately i need to cut the size of some files down by about 1/2. One document i am working on is 80mb and needs to be about 1/2 that. The one i tried i didn't downsample anything but just compressed using the jpeg setting set to maximum. But the color on one section came out grainy.

Any suggestions?

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Why do you need to compress it? Is it file transfer? There are file hosting solutions for that.

This is really a question your lab or printer service should be able to answer. Flattening the layers usually is a good method but make sure you have a backup of the original obviously.
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Why do you need to compress it? Is it file transfer? There are file hosting solutions for that.

This is really a question your lab or printer service should be able to answer. Flattening the layers usually is a good method but make sure you have a backup of the original obviously.
I need to compress it because there is a maximum file size they will accept.
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What resolution will it be printed at? The simplest thing you can do is export it as a PDF and set the DPI you want.
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Resize any pictures for how large they are in the book, that is usually where all the size comes.
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What resolution will it be printed at? The simplest thing you can do is export it as a PDF and set the DPI you want.
Already set to that, but the file is still too big.
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Resize any pictures for how large they are in the book, that is usually where all the size comes.
The file is already created to the exact measurements.
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how many pages is the document is it in pdf format or word, what is the resolution?

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