I'm making wireframes for a complex dashboard. I have 40+ layer comps and my 10MB photoshop file is turning into a 30MB PDF. I've already trimmed away unused layers and don't see what else I can do?

I've been doing this for a while and never had a file with such bloat. (Then again this is the first one I'm doing with 47 layer comps.)

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    Do you really need the layers inside a pdf file? Probably you can flaten the image before making your pdf.
    – Rafael
    Feb 1, 2015 at 15:33
  • I can't flatten it and keep the comps. Each comp uses a different combination of layers. Example: Icon On show a highlight and revealed div.
    – Mayo
    Feb 1, 2015 at 19:26

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You might try opening your PDF in Adobe Acrobat Pro and then saving it as a Reduced File PDF.

Another thing you can do is export your layer comps as individual PNGs instead of a PDF. They won't be in the same file, but there are ways to then consolidate them in a PDF. If you're on a Mac, Preview lets you do this really easily.

  • The idea is to quickly show functionality of a dashboard to business users. I ended up breaking it up into separate pdfs but that took some time and the business users didn't like to have to open two different files.
    – Mayo
    Feb 4, 2015 at 21:45

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