What’s the best way to compress a portfolio without losing image quality?
I figured .RAR might not be the best way, but I would also rather not have to go through my portfolio and replace all the pictures with lower quality ones.
FWIW, right my complete portfolio is 292 MB!! I think that is a bit much for only 5 projects…
What software was it created in ?
What format are you saving it out in?
Answer these two questions and i can provide you with some options.
Created in Illustrator. Saving as .PDF.
I feel like there should be a way to save it as a smaller size, but I can’t figure it out/find it.
When you save a PDF in Illustrator there are some default presets, but if you look to the left there is a category called “Compression”.
I recommend the following as a ballpark for a document that is light enough to send out but still look good for screen or 8x11 printing:
Usually you’ll have a size you want to hit (IE Under 10 mb)
Bicubic Downsampling - 300ppi above 450 PPI
From there, you can work down to say 150ppi, to high compression. I would avoid going lower than high on the compression scale since you’ll start to get more noticable JPG artifacts.
With that setting you should get a much much smaller file.