Compression Controls

Kofax PDF Create includes predefined conversion controls that specify compression settings for color, grayscale, and monochrome (black-and-white) images when creating PDF files. Compression helps to make your PDF files smaller.

Select the appropriate control from the drop-down list:

  • Lossless (level 100)

  • High Quality (level 75)

  • Medium Quality (level 50) (default for Standard Quality)

  • Low Quality (level 25)

  • Image Place Holder (level 5)

  • No Image (level 0)

Set level 0 to have pictures in the source document dropped from the PDF. Select level 5 to use very low quality images, which serve only as placeholders.

You can edit the settings for a existing control, add a new control, or delete an existing control in the Compression Controls dialog box.

Create Assistant Settings icon
Display the Compression Control dialog box from Create Assistant:

  1. Select a profile in the opening Assistant screen and click Profiles to access the PDF Create Profiles dialog box.

  2. Click the Advanced button to the right of the Compression list.

  3. Highlight a conversion control in the list and view or edit the settings as needed.

Creation Settings icon
Display the Compression Control dialog box from integrated applications:
  1. In Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint, on the Kofax PDF tab, click Creation Settings.

  2. On the Advanced Settings tab, click Advanced Settings for the Kofax PDF Properties dialog box.

  3. Open the PDF Settings tab and click the Advanced button next to the Compression list.

  4. Highlight a conversion control in the list and view or edit the settings as needed.

Modify the Auto-setting
Move the slider from a pre-set value to a value of your choice. This affects the compression for texts, line art and images in your documents.
Use Custom Settings
Select a compression method for any color, grayscale, or monochrome images in your document.

For color and grayscale images, you can select from a range of qualities of JPEG and ZIP formats, from High to Low.

Which method is best depends on the kind of images in your particular document. Some compression techniques do not lose any detail in the original: these methods are called “lossless.” Lossless methods do not save as much disk space as the other kinds of compression, such as “lossy.” Files compressed using lossy methods can be much smaller than files using lossless methods.

For example, JPEG is best for images requiring a smooth transition from one color or shade to another while ZIP works well for sharper changes. For best results, you might want to test different compression settings for different documents.

The default value for each of the predefined conversion controls allows the print driver to determine the best method based on the nature of the image.

For monochrome images, you can select from ZIP, CCITT Group and Run Length encoding.

CCITT (International Coordinating Committee for Telephony and Telegraphy) compression method works best for black-and-white images made by paint programs and 1-bit scanned images.

Run Length produces the best results for images that contain large areas of solid white or black.


Select or clear the ReSample setting. Resampling changes the pixel dimensions (and the display size) of an image.

If you select to ReSample, specify either DownSample or SubSample from the menu. The default setting is DownSample.

Downsampling decreases the number of pixels in the image. Each pixel it places has the average value of all the pixels it replaces.

Subsampling selects a pixel in the center of the sample area and replaces the entire area with that pixel at the specified resolution.

If you resample images, you can specify a resolution for downsampling or subsampling.
Factory Settings
The Factory Settings button automatically restores compression settings to their original values.
Create a new conversion control.
Remove the currently selected conversion control.
Restore the supplied controls to default values and remove user-defined controls.

Note If you select MRC compression, you should set lossless compression here.