When it comes to printing and designing, understanding paper sizes is crucial. Many projects require different dimensions, and being familiar with the various paper sizes ensures you select the perfect fit for your needs.
The A-series is the most widely recognized and used paper size system worldwide. Developed in Germany during the early 20th century, it offers a range of dimensions suitable for various purposes, from everyday printing to posters and magazines.
With dimensions of 841 x 1189 mm, A0 is the largest in the A-series. Often used for large posters/artwork or architectural plans, referred to as plots. The large paper size can be cumbersome to handle due to its substantial dimensions. There are various-sized rolls available that will cover A0, such as 914mm x 60m satin paper and 841mm x 110m which provides extra material.
Typically, A1 size has measurements of 594 x 841 millimetres (half the size of A0). A popular choice as frequently used for CAD drawings, drafts, posters and flip charts.
At 420 x 594 millimetres, A2 is half the size of A1. It is commonly employed for posters, presentations or architectural drawings.
Smaller A-Series Sizes
- A3 measures 297 x 420 millimetres, making it half the size of A2. It is often used for reports, drawings, or double-page spreads in magazines
- A4 is the most familiar paper size, measuring 210 x 297 millimeters. It is commonly used for letters, documents, and standard printing purposes
- The A4 size is widely compatible with printers and copiers, making it a popular choice for everyday printing tasks.
- A5 with dimensions of 148 x 210 millimetres, A5 is half the size of A4. Frequently employed for booklets, flyers, or notepads.
- A6 size is 105 x 148 millimetres, half the size of A5. Often used for postcards or small booklets.
- A7 is half the size of A6, with 74 x 105 millimetres dimensions. Commonly used for small cards or invitations
- A8 size is 52 x 74 millimetres, A8 is half the size of A7. Typically used for smaller cards or labels.
Other Common Paper Sizes
Apart from the A-series, several other paper sizes are widely utilised for specific purposes:
Letter (8.5 x 11 inches): The letter size is extensively used in North America for various documents, such as business letters or legal forms
Legal (8.5 x 14 inches): The legal size is commonly used for legal documents, contracts, or certificates
Tabloid (11 x 17 inches): Often used for newspapers or posters with ample space for images and text
Executive (7.25 x 10.5 inches): Executive size is sometimes used for professional stationery or formal correspondence
Ledger (17 x 11 inches): Frequently employed for accounting or financial documents requiring larger dimensions.
Understanding paper sizes is essential for any print-related project. From the widely recognized A-series to specialized formats like letters or tabloids, each size serves a specific purpose. By familiarising yourself with these dimensions, you will ensure that the printed materials will meet the exact requirements.