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Paper sizes

This list of the common American and European paper sizes includes the ISO standards,
which are used globally. All dimensions are specified in inches, millimeters as well as
PostScript points (1/72 inch, always rounded off). The overview covers:

ISO page sizes The ISO A series is the most frequently used page measurement
standard. It includes the DIN A4 format. The ISO B sizes are used for poster printing
while ISO C is meant for envelopes. The SRA standard defines press sheet sizes and is

used in the printing industry.


American paper size dimensions such as Letter, Legal and the ANSI series.
English sheet sizes with a focus on formats for writing paper and book printing.
Newspaper sizes

ISO A paper sizes


The A-series consists of a logical set of paper sizes that are defined by the ISO 216 standard.
The largest size (A0) measures one square meter. The height/width ratio remains constant
(1:1.41) for all sizes. This means you get the A1 size by folding an A0 paper in two along its
shortest side. Then fold the A1 size in two to get an A2 size paper, and so on A-sizes are
used to define the finished paper size in commercial printing: A4 is for office documents, A5
is for notepads and A6 is for postcards.
Sizes

Millimeters
Inches
Width
Height
Width
Height
A0
841
1189
33.11
46.81
A1
594
841
23.39
33.11
A2
420
594
16.54
23.39
A3
297
420
11.69
16.54
A4
210
297
8.27
11.69
A5
148
210
5.83
8.27
A6
105
148
4.13
5.83
A7
74
105
2.91
4.13
A8
52
74
2.05
2.91
This drawing illustrates the principle behind the ISO A series:

Points
Width
Height
2384
3370
1684
2384
1190
1684
842
1190
595
842
420
595
298
420
210
298
148
210

ISO B paper sizes


The same logic from the A-sizes also applies for the B-series, except here the starting point
was the dimension of one of the sides, which starts at 1 meter. B-sizes are often used for
posters.
Sizes
B0
B1
B2
B3
B4
B5
B6
B7
B8
B9
B10

Millimeters
Width
Height
1000
1414
707
1000
500
707
353
500
250
353
176
250
125
176
88
125
62
88
44
62
31
44

Inches
Width
Height
39.37
55.67
27.83
39.37
19.69
27.83
13.90
19.69
9.84
13.90
6.93
9.84
4.92
6.93
3.46
4.92
2.44
3.46
1.73
2.44
1.22
1.73

Points
Width
Height
2835
4008
2004
2835
1417
2004
1001
1417
709
1001
499
709
354
499
249
354
176
249
125
176
88
125

ISO C paper sizes


C-sizes are used for envelopes to match the A-series paper. I have omitted unrealistic sizes
like C0 (imagine an envelope measuring 917 by 1297 millimeters).
Sizes

Millimeters

Inches

Points

Width
648
458
324
229
162

C2
C3
C4
C5
C6

Height
458
324
229
162
114

Width
25.51
18.03
12.76
9.02
6.38

Height
18.03
12.76
9.02
6.38
4.49

Width
1837
578
919
649
459

Height
578
919
649
459
323

ISO D paper sizes


I have no idea what D-sizes are used for but the standard is there so it should be mentioned.
Sizes
D0

Millimeters
Width
Height
1090
771

Inches
Width
Height
42.91
30.35

Points
Width
Height
3090
2186

ISO RA & SRA paper sizes


These oversized paper sizes are used by printers. The dimensions in millimeters are rounded
to the nearest value.
Sizes
SRA0
SRA1
SRA2
SRA3
SRA4
RA0
RA1
RA2

Millimeters
Width
Height
1280
900
900
640
640
450
450
320
320
225
1220
860
860
610
610
430

Inches
Width
Height
50.39
35.43
35.43
25.20
25.20
17.72
17.72
12.60
12.60
8.86
48.03
33.86
33.86
24.02
24.02
16.93

Points
Width
Height
3628
2551
2551
1814
1814
1276
1276
907
907
638
3458
2438
2438
1729
1729
1219

American paper sizes


The US and Canada do not use the international standards but instead rely on the paper sizes
below. The ANSI standard was added in 1995 to create a set of size that are based on shared
dimensions. It lacks however the consistent aspect ratio of the ISO A-series.
Sizes

Millimeters

Inches

Points

Letter (ANSI A)
Legal
Ledger (ANSI B)
Tabloid (ANSI B)
Executive
ANSI C
ANSI D
ANSI E

Width
215.9
215.9
279.4
431.8
184.1
559
864
1118

Height
279.4
355.6
431.8
279.4
266.7
432
559
864

Width
8.5
8.5
11
17
7.25
22
34
44

Height
11
14
17
11
10.55
17
22
34

Width
612
612
792
1224
522
1584
2448
3168

Height
792
1008
1224
792
756
1224
1584
2448

English paper sizes (writing papers)


The English nowadays use the A-sizes for office and general use. I have no idea whether
many of these definitions are still in use today. Imperial and half-imperial still seem to be
widely used by artists.
Sizes
Foolscap
Small Post
Sheet and 1/3 cap
Sheet and 1/2 cap
Demy
Large Post
Small Medium
Medium
Small Royal
Royal
Imperial

Millimeters
Width
Height
336
419
368
469
336
588
336
628
394
507
419
533
444
558
457
584
482
609
507
634
559
761

Inches
Width
Height
13.25
16.5
14.5
18.5
13.25
22
13.25
24.75
15.5
20
16.5
21
17.5
22
18
23
19
24
20
25
22
30

Points
Width
Height
954
1188
1044
1332
954
1584
954
1782
1116
1440
1188
1512
1260
1584
1296
1656
1368
1728
1440
1800
1584
2160

UK metric book printing sizes


For books A-sizes often arent used because A4 is too large and A5 too small. Metric Royal
Octavo and Metric Crown Quarto are 2 frequency used sizes that are more comfortable to
hold and read.
Sizes
Metric Crown
Quarto

Millimeters
Width
Height
189
246

Inches
Width
Height
7 7/16
9 11/16

Points
Width
Height
536
697

Metric Crown

123

186

4 13/16

7 5/16

349

527

Octavo
Metric Large

201

258

7 7/8

10 3/16

570

731

Crown Quarto
Metric Large

129

198

5 1/16

7 13/16

366

561

Crown Octavo
Metric Demy

219

276

85/8

10 7/8

621

782

Quarto
Metric Demy

138

216

5 7/16

391

612

Octavo
Metric Royal

237

312

9 5/16

12

672

884

Quarto
Metric Royal

129

198

5 1/16

7 13/16

366

561

Octavo

Newspaper sizes
The dimensions of newspaper pages are not that strictly defined, so the average or most
frequently used size is mentioned.
Sizes
Berliner or Midi
Broadsheet
Compact or
Tabloid
Rhenish

Millimeters
Width
Height
315
470
597
749
280
430
355

520

Inches
Width
Height
12.4
18.5
23.5
29.5
11
16.9
13.97

20.47

Points
Width
Height
893
1332
1692
2124
792
1217
1006

1474

A0
A0 is a paper size that is typically used for technical drawings and posters.
To output an image properly it needs to have a certain minimum resolution. The number of
pixels depend on the required output quality.

At 300 ppi (pixels per inch) the image needs to be 9933 x 14043 pixels. This is the
required resolution for quality offset printing that will be viewed from a short distance

(such as books, brochures, magazines, calendars). For photos it is also the optimum
resolution but a somewhat lower pixel count (200 to 220 dpi) is acceptable for great

looking photographs.
At 150 ppi the image needs to be 4967 x 7022 pixels. This is the minimum resolution for
newspapers or posters viewed from a fairly short distance.

A digital camera with decent image quality and a resolution of 24 megapixel or more can be
used to print high quality A0 size pictures. Since such posters are usually viewed from a
larger distance a 20 megapixel camera will still offer excellent quality and 16 megapixels will
be considered good by most people.

A1
A1 is a paper size that is typically used for technical drawings, flip charts and posters.
To output an image properly it needs to have a certain minimum resolution. The number of
pixels depend on the required output quality.

At 300 ppi (pixels per inch) the image needs to be 7016 x 9933 pixels. This is the
required resolution for quality offset printing that will be viewed from a short distance
(such as books, brochures, magazines, calendar). For photos it is also the optimum
resolution but a somewhat lower pixel count (200 to 220 dpi) is acceptable for great

looking photographs.
At 150 ppi the image needs to be 3508 x 4967 pixels. This is the minimum resolution for
newspapers or posters viewed from a fairly short distance.

A digital camera with decent image quality and a resolution of 20 megapixel or more can be
used to print high quality A1 size pictures. Since such posters are usually viewed from a
larger distance a 16 megapixel camera will still offer excellent quality and 12 megapixels will
be considered good by most people.

A2
A2 is a paper size that is often used for medium size posters, architectural drawings and
diagrams.

To output an image properly it needs to have a certain minimum resolution. The number of
pixels depend on the required output quality.

At 300 ppi (pixels per inch) the image needs to be 4960 x 7016 pixels. This is the
required resolution for quality offset printing that will be viewed from a short distance
(such as books, brochures, magazines, calendars). For photos it is also the optimum
resolution but a somewhat lower pixel count (200 to 220 dpi) is acceptable for great

looking photographs.
At 150 ppi the image needs to be 2480 x 3508 pixels. This is the minimum resolution for
newspapers or posters viewed from a fairly short distance.

A digital camera with decent image quality and a resolution of 16 megapixel or more can be
used to print high quality A2 size pictures. Since such posters are usually viewed from a
somewhat larger distance a 12 megapixel camera will still offer excellent quality and 8
megapixels will be considered good by many.

A3
A3 is a paper size that is typically used for drawings, diagrams and large tables. It is also
frequently used in laser printers to output two A4 pages as a spread
To output an image properly it needs to have a certain minimum resolution. The number of
pixels depend on the required output quality.

At 300 ppi (pixels per inch) the image needs to be 3508 x 4961 pixels. This is the
required resolution for quality offset printing that will be viewed from a short distance
(such as books, brochures, magazines, calendars). For photo books it is also the
optimum resolution but a somewhat lower pixel count (250 dpi) is acceptable for great

looking photographs.
At 150 ppi the image needs to be 1754 x 2480 pixels. This is the minimum resolution for
newspapers or posters viewed from a fairly short distance.

A digital camera with decent image quality and a resolution of 12 megapixel or more can be
used to print high quality A3 size pictures. Since pictures of this size are usually viewed from
a somewhat larger distance an 8 megapixel camera will still offer excellent quality.

A4
A4 is a paper size that is used for a wide range of documents, including magazines, catalogs,
letters and forms.
To output an image properly it needs to have a certain minimum resolution. The number of
pixels depend on the required output quality.

At 300 ppi (pixels per inch) the image needs to be 2480 x 3508 pixels. This is the
required resolution for quality offset printing that will be viewed from a short distance
(such as books, brochures, magazines, calendars). For photo books it is also the
optimum resolution but a somewhat lower pixel count (250 dpi) is acceptable for great

looking photographs.
At 150 ppi the image needs to be 1240 x 1754 pixels. This is the minimum resolution for
newspapers or posters viewed from a fairly short distance.

A digital camera with decent image quality and a resolution of 8 megapixel or more can be
used to print high quality A4 size pictures. A somewhat lower resolution is still fine. Ive had
excellent results with my six megapixel Nikon D70.

A5
A5 is a paper size that is often used for notepads or pocket books.
To output an image properly it needs to have a certain minimum resolution. The number of
pixels depend on the required output quality.

At 300 ppi (pixels per inch) the image needs to be 1748 x 2480 pixels. This is the
required resolution for quality offset printing that will be viewed from a short distance
(such as books, brochures, magazines, calendars). For photo books it is also the
optimum resolution but a somewhat lower pixel count (250 dpi) is acceptable for great

looking photographs.
At 150 ppi the image needs to be 874 x 1240 pixels. This is the minimum resolution for
newspapers or posters viewed from a fairly short distance.

A digital camera with decent image quality and a resolution of 4 megapixel or more can be
used to print high quality A5 size pictures.

A6
A6 is a paper size that is often used for postcards. More exotic uses are small pocket books,
library microfiches and toilet paper.
To output an image properly it needs to have a certain minimum resolution. The number of
pixels depend on the required output quality.

At 300 ppi (pixels per inch) the image needs to be 1240 x 1748 pixels. This is the
required resolution for quality offset printing that will be viewed from a short distance
(such as books, brochures, magazines, calendars). For photo books it is also the
optimum resolution but a somewhat lower pixel count (250 dpi) is acceptable for great

looking photographs.
At 150 ppi the image needs to be 620 x 874 pixels. This is the minimum resolution for
newspapers or posters viewed from a fairly short distance.

A digital camera with decent image quality and a resolution of 2 megapixel or more can be
used to print high quality A6 size pictures.

A7
A7 is a paper size that is typically used for large size Post-it notes. It can also be a practical
size for tickets, since you can print 8 of them on an A4 sheet.
To output an image properly it needs to have a certain minimum resolution. The number of
pixels depend on the required output quality.

At 300 ppi (pixels per inch) the image needs to be 874 x 1240 pixels. This is the required
resolution for quality offset printing that will be viewed from a short distance (such as
books, brochures, magazines, calendars). For photo books it is also the optimum
resolution but a somewhat lower pixel count (250 dpi) is acceptable for great looking

photographs.
At 150 ppi the image needs to be 437 x 620 pixels. This is the minimum resolution for
newspapers or posters viewed from a fairly short distance.

A digital camera with decent image quality and a resolution of 1 megapixel or more can be
used to print high quality A7 size pictures.

A8
A8 is a paper size that is typically used for bank cards and driver licenses. It can also be a
practical size for various types of tickets, since you can print 16 of them on an A4 sheet.
To output an image properly it needs to have a certain minimum resolution. The number of
pixels depend on the required output quality.

At 300 ppi (pixels per inch) the image needs to be 614 x 874 pixels. This is the required
resolution for quality offset printing that will be viewed from a short distance (such as
books, brochures, magazines, calendars). For photo books it is also the optimum
resolution but a somewhat lower pixel count (250 dpi) is acceptable for great looking

photographs.
At 150 ppi the image needs to be 307 x 437 pixels. This is the minimum resolution for
newspapers or posters viewed from a fairly short distance.

A digital camera with decent image quality and a resolution of 1 megapixel or more can be
used to print high quality A8 size pictures.

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