When your PDF attachment is too big to send: a free simple solution
“The attachment size is too big.”
Your file is now in PDF – because you want to make it user–friendly for the recipient. And you put in multiple hours trying to create something unique. Something that immediately grabs the attention with photos, illustrations, and colorful graphs.
And the result is easy on the eye.
Unfortunately, it’s heavy on the mailbox.
Now, let’s not sugarcoat. When it comes to email platforms, size really does matter. The usual message size limitations are 20–25 MB (depending on the service provider). Once your attachment exceeds it, you’re in a tight corner.
How to send large PDF files via email
Some suggest using file-sharing platforms to upload the file (and then send the link to your friends/colleagues). It’s not always optimal, though. You may have to go through the registration process on the new platform. And many receivers would rather download files straight from their mailbox.
So here you are, searching for a workaround.
Here’s an idea: try making your PDF size smaller. In many cases, you can reduce the size of a PDF quite significantly without compromising quality in any noticeable way.
What happens during compression? Simply put, the tool finds and eliminates redundancies, repeating patterns, and areas that can be shrunk without damaging quality. For graphical stuff, the basic way is to recreate the original image, only with fewer pixels.
After all, your party invitees probably don’t need insanely crisp, supreme-quality visuals (they’re not going to make a wallpaper out of your party invite, are they?). So you can confidently compress your PDF file – the view on the screen will remain almost identical. We bet, even YOU won’t tell the difference.