How to place multiple pages on 1 sheet, without increasing the PDF’s file size


I must convert/print this original PDF of 6.47 MB to a shorter PDF, with 2 pages on 1 sheet. When I used 'Microsoft Print to PDF' in Acrobat, it output a PDF of 1 GB! Please see the screenshot below.

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  1. How else can I achieve this?

  2. Why the behemothic file size? Oughtn't the file size lessen, as I'm printing the same content on half of the pages?

Best Answer

Use GhostScript to reduce the size of PDF documents once they are in the final format you need them while the size is inflated. Download and install GhostScript on a machine to shrink PDF files, then run the below logic to reduce the size of the PDF file from an elevated command prompt.


Be sure. . .

  1. The GhostScript gswin64c.exe file points where it's installed on your system
  2. The -sOutputFile="C:\PDFFolder\Reduced\ReducedSize.pdf" part points to the full path folder and file location where to save the reduced size file
  3. The "C:\PDFFolder\ToReduce\Reduce.pdf" part directly after #2 points to the full path folder and file location to shrink.

"C:\Program Files\gs\gs\bin\gswin64c.exe" -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -dPDFSETTINGS=/ebook -sOutputFile="C:\PDFFolder\Reduced\ReducedSize.pdf" "C:\PDFFolder\ToReduce\Reduce.pdf"

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