How To: Reduce the size of PDFs exported from ArcMap
Suggestions provided describe how to reduce the output file size of maps exported to PDF from ArcMap.
- Remove transparency and picture marker symbology. Refer to the ESRI Knowledge Base article in the Related Information section below for a sample tool that detects if any of the layers in the map are symbolized with transparency and/or picture marker symbology.
- Replace the Picture Fill symbols with simpler, vector fills.
- Replace the Picture Marker symbols with font-based vector marker symbols.
- Remove raster data sets.
Data and Layout
- Reduce the display quality of all raster layers:
- Right-click the raster layer in the Table of Contents and select Properties.
- In the Layer Properties dialog box, select the Display tab.
- Lower the display quality in the Display Quality slider from Normal.
- Click OK.
- Decrease the page size of the map.
- Remove any unnecessary map elements and data frames not visible on the layout.
PDF Export Options
- Reduce the output resolution or dpi.
- If the map contains layers symbolized with transparency or picture marker symbology and/or contains raster data sets, reduce the output image quality.
- Check on 'Compress Vector Graphics'.
- Set Image Compression to 'Deflate'.
- Set Picture Symbol to 'Vectorize layers with bitmap markers/fills'.
- Uncheck 'Convert Marker Symbols to Polygons'.
Note: 'Embed All Document Fonts' should always be checked on; do not uncheck it.
- At 9.3+: set Layers and Attributes to 'None'.
- At 9.3+: Uncheck 'Export Map Georeference Information.'
- Detect if any layers use transparency or picture marker symbology and how many layer masks are present in a map
- Improve printing or exporting performance
- How can ArcMap symbology performance be improved and maintained?
- What are the disadvantages to printing or exporting ArcMap maps that contain MrSID and/or ECW data?
Last Published: 7/8/2016
Article ID: 000010570
Software: ArcMap 10