Flattening and Shrinking the Document Image

All PDF files must be “flattened” before they are uploaded into CM/ECF. Otherwise, they are likely to be reproduced in poor quality. Flattening also reduces the file size of a fillable form by over 90 percent, conserving valuable resources for the Court. CM/ECF users who submit files without flattening them will be contacted and asked to resubmit these files. To flatten an electronic file (i.e., to make the field data indistinguishable from the rest of the text in the form), print the form to PDF using the print dialog box. Then, file the resulting document.