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small labels drastically increase PDF size

Question asked by desertsp on Mar 1, 2016
Latest reply on Mar 3, 2016 by desertsp

Is it normal for labels to triple the file size of an exported PDF?

 

I have a moderately complex map consisting of a raster background with a few thousand polyline features overlaid (roadway network). Exporting this to PDF produces a <10 MB file.

 

When I enable a separate layer contains labels, and re-export, the file-size bloats to over 20MB. These are just basic labels consisting of a white circle with a number inside.

 

Here's a screenshot of a section of the map with and without labels.

 

How does a few hundred (at most) labels increase the file-size by that much?!

 

Thanks in advance for any advice on reducing the bloat due to labeling.

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