2017-09-06 PDF File Size

My Halberds and Helmets Referee Guide PDF is 40MB. If you open the PDF using Preview, you can use Export... and specify the Filter Reduce File Size. The resulting file is 2.9MB! That is so much more reasonable. Apparently, Ghostscript can do it, too. Let’s look at the result.

First, we need to pick a reference. Let’s take the giant crab’s pincer.

Image 1

Enhance! Enhance! Notice the details.

Image 2

Open the new file and find the same spot.

Image 3

I think this is good enough.

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