Photoshop: Best set up for 32pg booklet, each page created in PS, files seem massive?

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Hello everyone,

I am starting a 32 page booklet (product catalogue) and each page will have many layers (one layer for each product image). This can be up to around 20-25 layers on each page. The single product images (PSD files) are large , sometimes 27MB each. How can I make a high print quality PSD file for each layer but with reduced file size? I was thinking I should rasterize the single product images that make up all the layers on a page. I tried one image and it reduced it from 27MB down to 1.93MB (still quite large once I get 20 or so layers this size per page?) but i am scared this will not produce good quality for printing? I'm trying to figure this all out for my business. Any advise would be so appreciated!

Thank you!
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Cameron Rad

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I think for something like books/catalogs you might be better off using InDesign.
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This. inDesign is made for exactly this. Photoshop is for single images, inDesign is for multi-page publication layouts that use images and text.
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While I TOTALLY agree with Max that InDesign is the product you want, as a Photoshop fan, I did the adoption book for our son in Photoshop, much as you're describing, Mark.  Each page was about 20 to 40 layers (it was mostly pictures collaged with text) at 300ppi, with each page it's own PSD.  Before sending these to the printer/Kinkos, I adjusted margins, merged layers, exported each to Acrobat, stitched the pages together, and laid out the book.  Actions are your friend -- do it once, replay it a zillion times.

Hope that helps,
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Hi Mark,
If you are wanting to do a layout with many image layers plus type, you’ll need to create the image layer then drop that PSD file into an InDesign document where you can add text for high quality type repro.
With your layered PSD file:
1: First, save your layered file to keep an editable version. (eg. catalogue page 2 background layers.) You’ll need to keep this version safe if you need to come back and change it later.
2: Then, ‘save as’ another name to indicate it will become a new flattened version of that file. Eg: catalogue page 2 background FLAT.
3: Then rasterise all layers. (Layers rasterise)
4: Then merge visible. (Layers merge visible.) If you don’t do this, the effects you’ve used (such as drop shadows etc) will stuff up.
5: Once all layers are merged, then flatten the file. (layers flatten.)
6: Now you can save this file. It will be substantially smaller.
7: This file can now be used as the background
Image file in an InDesign file. You can now add type. It’s best to create separate art and text layers in your InDesign file.

Hope this helps.
Donna (book designer)
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I recommend placing the images as linked smart objects. You will get the benefit of rasterizing, but it is scalable. When you send it to the printer, flatten all layers to make a smaller file and save that as a copy for printing.

The print quality depends on what DPI you've set when you send it to the printer and whether you had to scale up the images you got or not.
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hi I am a brochure designer, some of my pages have 50 layers (as they are really intricate) and are around 150mgs, the brochures are around 160pages, the size of my brochures can be a gig in size, indesign handles this with ease your files are really small and you should have no problem at all