Hey there @Kayeish, thanks for the feedback! We definitely know that our PDF exports could use a little work especially when it comes to optimizing their size. Some users have reported that using 3rd party tools outside of Figma have helped when plugins aren’t quite enough. For example if you’re on a Mac, you could open in Preview and then export again as a PDF to further cut down on size.
I know this probably isn’t ideal, but hope this helps.
Oh one other thing you could check within your file is to make sure your svg icons are flattened or as simple as possible.
I’ve used Preview and its Reduce File Size export and it’s still 2.8MB. I’ve used other third-party apps (Adobe) and none of them can get me lower than 2MB. This is actually quite an issue because of file upload restrictions are often set at 2MB for documents.
Do you know if the Figma team are actively working to resolve this?
Ah bummer that the workarounds aren’t helping in this instance. : /
PDF improvements aren’t currently prioritized but I’m happy to pass this feedback along to the team. Also I’d be happy to take a look at the file (if you’re able to share it) and see if I can offer any other suggestions to reduce the size.
The formatting should not be incorrect.
However, we cannot currently access the local fonts, so this could be the cause. You would have to define the missing fonts under “Fonts”.
Could you send me an example to test?
@josh SO bummed to hear that dealing with PDF size is not a priority for Figma. It is a huge issue for us and our clients. We need PDFs to be 25mb so clients can email them and Figma PDFs, even compressed, are consistently over that size for most of our projects. Our clients need PDFs for legal reviews.