Images, graphics, text and GIFs are all elements that contribute towards the final size of your document. The bigger the PDF, the more energy it will use to be sent, loaded and stored. And the longer it takes to download, the more you risk losing your recipient’s attention. While it’s a good idea to keep your PDF between 5 to 10MB in size, here are some tips to help you reduce the size of your document:
⛏ Curate your projects
Keep things compact and be selective with the projects you include. Don’t send a 99-page document with 12 pictures of the same project.
🖼 Resize your images
Large images are great at making your portfolio feel slick and smart but where possible it’s a good idea to compress and resize. You won’t need A0-sized, 300dpi files for a digital PDF, especially when the probability of your portfolio being printed is pretty low. Using online free tools like ShortPixel can reduce your image size by up to 85%.
📹 Use third party video hosting
Have you ever been tempted to add a video to your PDF portfolio? Don’t do it! Videos are one of the most heavy files you can add to a document, plus they don't always work with the software the recipient might use. Instead, try linking out your video to an online video hosting service – YouTube is a great choice and most of the energy they use is from renewable sources.
🗂 Compress your PDF
If you’ve tried all of the above and your PDF is still too big, don’t sweat it. Online tools such as SmallPDF also allow you to reduce the size of a document easily and without losing quality.