The Best Way to Compress a File in Corel to Send to a Client

Pay attention to your compression type in your PDF options

Since PDF (Portable Document Format) files are, most often, preferred by many recipients and cross-platform compatible, I suggest going that route. Any Corel file can be exported to a PDF format to send it to a client. When looking at the PDF settings, the Objects tab is important to pay attention to. First to note is Compression Type: usually None is best, but LZW and ZIP are both good choices to reduce file size (LZW is preferred). It is usually best to avoid JPEG compression altogether. Bitmap Down-Sampling is usually best left alone, unless there is a specific reason to alter it. Compress Text and Line Art is generally a good choice.

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Doug Zender

Doug Zender

Doug Zender has used CorelDRAW extensively since version 4. His goal is to minimize the intimidation of the program and give users the sense that CorelDRAW is a friend, not an adversary. Doug began as a design artist, then moved into the sign industry in 1992 doing vinyl graphics. You can contact him at

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