Photoshop CC 2018: Exporting Artboards to PDF are much larger in file size

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When exporting artboards to PDF, the files are coming out very large, ex. 13.5mb for 3 email banners? This didn't happen w/2017. Is there a way to adjust the PDF output?
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Julie

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Archana Rajagopal

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I'm having the same issue! I'm exporting a brochure that's coming out out to around 800 mb as opposed to the 15 mb file I used to get in the 2017 version. Any help would be much appreciated
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Thanks. I can reproduce. Let me see if I can figure out a workaround or what setting is causing the problem.
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Caleb Lawrence

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Having the same problem! The web banners are coming out the same size as the file itself. PLEASE FIX ADOBE. OR TELL US HOW TO TURN OFF WHAT YOU TURNED ON.

THANKS!
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Kazaam d'Ouest

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I'm having the same issue. At first I had both the new CC and 2017 to use for exporting but it's just impractical. Please help
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Omega Celeste

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This is insane. I'm having the same problem, 8 page artboard proposal was 23mb, not it's 80+ wth!
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Here is a workaround:

1. Quit Photoshop

2. Back-up these two files which are located in the Photoshop application folder at the following location:

  • Presets/Scripts/ArtBoards To PDF.jsx
  • Presets/Scripts/ArtboardExport.inc

3. Download the zip file from here and double-click it to unzip: https://adobe.ly/2kc2snD

4. Place the two files in the same folder as above Presets/Scripts/  (You may be asked to provide your administrator password to replace the files)

5. Restart Photoshop


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Julie

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Hi Jeffrey,

I was unable to unzip the file you posted. I tried unzipping by double-click, by command line and by Unarchiver. However, all attempts yielded a CPZG/ZIP loop.
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jeremy handeland

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I encountered the same problem Julie!

I would love to figure this out because it is a pain to export as jpegs and make a pdf in Acrobat.
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Corrie Uys

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How the hell does Adobe manage to break working features?

After my update the artboards to pdf exports files to be 70mb in size, instead of the usual 1.5mb. T
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Constance Hanscomb

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I am having the same issue.

A 31,408 KB file exported to 1,381 KB file (jpg set to 6 - I believe) in Photoshop CC 2017, it Photoshop CC 2018 it exports to 16,861 KB and Photoshop CC 2019 to 16,861 KB - that's like 1200% increase...? 

It makes a lot of my files to large to even email. 

I have had to keep the old version of Photoshop CC 2017 to just handle creating PDF Files.

On the same thread, why must I create artboards to export to PDF?