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I have the trial version of Illustrator installed in Windows 2000. I have created a custom stamp in Adobe Acrobat 5.0, and it works well except the file is very large. Since I do not understand what I'm doing, here is what I have done. We scanned a signature, saved it as a GIF with transparent background, dropped it into Illustrator, and saved is as a PDF. That file works as it should for a custom stamp in Acrobat, but it is 400KB. The stamp files that are supplied with Acrobat are very small. I was told that the reason ...

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    I have the trial version of Illustrator installed in Windows 2000. I have created a custom stamp in Adobe Acrobat 5.0, and it works well except the file is very large. Since I do not understand what I'm doing, here is what I have done.

    We scanned a signature, saved it as a GIF with transparent background, dropped it into Illustrator, and saved is as a PDF. That file works as it should for a custom stamp in Acrobat, but it is 400KB.

    The stamp files that are supplied with Acrobat are very small. I was told that the reason they are so small is that the graphics are vector instead of bitmap. So, I had a company digitize the signature in AutoCAD, save it as an EPS file, and drop it into Illustrator. They saved it as a PDF and got the same result -- a large file.

    Can anyone educate me on a way to create a compact PDF file with a transparent background, whether vector or bitmap? The file only needs to be the size of a signature. I'm frustrated and otherwise lost on this project.
    neumannu47@adobeforums.com Guest

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    It's hard to know what the company you paid to vectorize your image did. I'm curious though - may I ask what it cost you to have them trace it?
    Timothy_Foolery®@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Transparent PDFs using Illustrator

    Timothy_Foolery®adobeforums.com wrote:
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    > It's hard to know what the company you paid to vectorize your image did. I'm curious though - may I ask what it cost you to have them trace it?

    I don't know yet because I have not received the billing, but my guess
    is about $35. They have done a lot of other work for me before. They are
    quite reasonable.
    mcp6453 Guest

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