Paper Sizes: Make sure your document is set to the correct size

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Make sure your document is set to the correct size or scalable size for your desired print results (Before you start. Check how to use your software to set your document size).

Why?

Because it makes your life easier as well as adhering to international standards (ISO 216 standard) (https://www.iso.org/standard/36631.html).It will help you when finding the right envelopes or binding option as well as it looking correct on the paper you’ll eventually print on.

A4 is the most common paper size people would like their document printed out on, therefore, when you’re setting up your document in your chosen software package (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Apple Pages or Adobe Indesign, Photoshop etc…) you need to know your page dimensions. For example: A4 Paper needs to be set at 210mm x297mm.

Setup your document to the size you want it printed by using the paper chart guide below.All software packages allow you to edit your documents size and even add bleed and crop marks if you want your printed document to print background colours and images to the edge of your paper.

Set your document to the size you want it printed by using the paper chart guide available for download below.All software packages allow you to edit your documents size and some even allow you to add bleed and crop marks if you want your printed document to print back ground colours and images to the edge of your paper.

Setting your document size for other printed products varies depending on what you’re planning to do, for example,the most common size to set a business card ready for print is 85mm x55mm. Banners, signs as well as other print products can have a variety of custom sizes.

Please get in touch if you would like to know more via info@ppmprint.com

Download Paper Size Infographic – Paper_Sizes_Infographic.pdf

Table of Paper Sizes From 4A0 to A10
Size Width x Height (mm) Width x Height (in)
4A0 1682 x 2378 mm 66.2 x 93.6 in
2A0 1189 x 1682 mm 46.8 x 66.2 in
A0 841 x 1189 mm 33.1 x 46.8 in
A1 594 x 841 mm 23.4 x 33.1 in
A2 420 x 594 mm 16.5 x 23.4 in
A3 297 x 420 mm 11.7 x 16.5 in
A4 210 x 297 mm 8.3 x 11.7 in
A5 148 x 210 mm 5.8 x 8.3 in
A6 105 x 148 mm 4.1 x 5.8 in
A7 74 x 105 mm 2.9 x 4.1 in
A8 52 x 74 mm 2.0 x 2.9 in
A9 37 x 52 mm 1.5 x 2.0 in
A10 26 x 37 mm 1.0 x 1.5 in

There are other paper/card sizes you will need when designing and printing business cards and other bespoke items but this article is focusing on document printing.

Also, for those of you who like to design things in Adobe Photoshop you can also get your document paper sizes in pixels here at Paper Sizes .org (http://www.papersizes.org/a-sizes-in-pixels.htm).

However, we don’t recommend creating print ready files in Adobe Photoshop for a variety of reason.

It’s much easier to use software such as Adobe InDesign or use text editors such as Microsoft Word to set up your document to the correct size.

Useful resources

  • Help setting up your page size in Microsoft Office Word – link to useful guide
  • Help setting up your page size in Adobe Indesign – link to useful guide

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Most people are happy to set up an A4 document, however, setting up another size document such as an A5 document can be more confusing. Therefore, if you’re unsure about setting your document to the correct size for your required paper size, we recommend using an A4 document and this can be shrunk to size by yourself or your chosen print company.

As long as your document is set to a scalable size for your desired paper size choice everything will be fine.

Paper Sizes Infographic

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