I have my new latest brochure ready, but I can’t fit it all into the 500 MB.
Basically I have a trifold layout, a half-fold layout and bright and dark versions for each. I also want to offer 11×8.5 and A4 versions. Considering that each brochure as an inside and outside that makes a total of 16 files!
Even if I merge as many as I can I still end up with roughly 1 GB download.
So I need to split this Item. But where do I split it? Essentially it’s all the same design. It’s just different layouts or different colour versions. So, what makes two items?
Do I submit one 11×8.5 and A4 version as individual items? Do I submit the dark and bright versions as individual items? Do I submit trifold or half fold as individual items?
How would you go about this?
An alternative I thought about was to make the 11×8.5 version the item and offer the A4 as a bonus download off my own server. Or as a freebie if you rate or comment on the item. But that’s not really right either, because it should really be part of the product … it really is one product!
Hmmmm. How would you handle it?
What program are you using? That sounds like a huge file! To me it seems like you are using Photoshop? if so why not use InDesign? the total file size will be a fraction of what you quoted above.
Just thinking, does your file include images?
You mentioned Dark and Bright Versions? Have you duplicated the files into two layer groups ie: Dark and Bright? Have your files doubled up?
Why don’t you add adjustment layers, color fills all clipped to your layer giving them the option to turn on the brighter version etc from within you existing layers.
Also! you could just include the Dark Version (your choice) and offer the bright version as a free download.
Another tip: click on the bottom-most layer (default-background layer) and do a ctrl+a and then go to image and select “crop”. In that way, any extra image etc. will be deleted and will reduce your file size.
Hope I helped you
thanks for the replies all
Q&E: Yes, zipped! it’s about 950 MB with everything included.
Sleightofhand: Each version is Around 80 MB unzipped. I include images, which probably make up for 20 of those MB. so it’s not extraordinarily big. I would go with indesign, but only as an additional option (that would make my file even bigger, lol :)). I think there simply a much bigger market for photo shop files here.
Sherman: I can reduce quite a bit by merging files, creating layer groups etc but I’m not getting anywhere near the 500 MB mark.
I think I have to bite the bullet and either not offer the A4 version or offer it as a free download off my private server. The problem here is that I don’t want to have a sales ready file lying around on my server for potential freeloading … hmmmm…
Thanks again for the advice
^ What quickandeasy said. Just upload as two separate items according to dimension. I’ve got the same layout as a A4 12 pages brochure and the same thing as a tri-fold brochure, separately, it’s all good.
okay, great, sounds like a plan I’ll go with separating trifold and bifold. Thanks! This
Now I’m starting to worry about my bundles! I had planned to do trifold and half-fold bundles once I have three or four of each. That’s going to be very tight on the MB!
Or are there different file sizes allowed for bundles?