05 January 2015

Paper Size & Resize Paper Size Guide

Setting Paper Size is a must to a designer when starting a new document for a new design works, doesn't matter its Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, or any graphic editor you might be using. But, as I still remember when my works are mostly using AutoCAD, setting the Paper Size will be at the end or after completed the drawings on the CAD screen, because the CAD drawing usually will labeled the Scale value according to the drawing size which depends on the paper size to be printed.

Anyway the important to have knowledge in basic paper size and the conversion from one size to another size might save us from printed jobs being rejected just because mistakes like wrong size conversion. Imagine you do artworks for books with 100 or more pages, suddenly 'they' asked you to change the book size.. and you thinking to rescale the whole pages at once by percent. With confident after completion, you send the artworks for printing, and guest what.. the printed book size was wrong.. and you start to feel the disasterrr ☺

Paper Size A & Paper Size B Measurement

Paper Size A
Paper Size B

Paper Size A & B Charts

Size A Width x Height (mm) Width x Height (in)
AO 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
Size B Width x Height (mm) Width x Height (in)
BO 1000 x 1414 mm 39.4 x 55.7 in
B1 707 x 1000 mm 27.8 x 39.4 in
B2 500 x 707 mm 19.7 x 27.8 in
B3 353 x 500 mm 13.9 x 19.7 in
B4 250 x 353 mm 9.8 x 13.9 in
B5 176 x 250 mm 6.9 x 9.8 in
B6 125 x 176 mm 4.9 x 6.9 in
B7 88 x 125 mm 3.5 x 4.9 in
B8 62 x 88 mm 2.4 x 3.5 in
B9 44 x 62 mm 1.7 x 2.4 in
B10 31 x 44 mm 1.2 x 1.7 in

Resize Paper Size Document

Here I would like to share some of important information when dealing with Paper Size and Resize Paper Size. Sometimes when we were asked (by the client) to change the paper size of a documents from previous agreed size, (let say A4 size) to the new confirmed size, (let say A5 size). Then we think that A5 is half the size of A4, so its gonna be 50%. Its that simple..? Basically, yes A5 size is A4 size divided by 1 center fold (in landscape orientation).

Related topic: Setting A4 Pamphlet with 3 panels, 2 folds

But in artworks when the designs are already made or completed, it's not that simply to Scale your whole artworks or documnts (from A4 size to A5 size) to 50% scale.. Nope..!! Not like that, be careful, you might be destroying your design works when you send it to printer.. because the new size if you scale it 50% reduced, you actually make it A6, not A5..!! Reduce A4 to A5 is 71%.. indeed..

Resize Paper Size A By Percent Chart

The above chart shown the conversion size in percent value from bigger size to smaller and vice versa. But you must read the conversion chart above FROM Size Blue (left) TO Size Red (top) to get the correct value, (Not FROM Red to Blue). Example, from A4 size to convert to A5 size is 71% Scale (not 50%). Hope this chart may helps us when scaling our documents or artworks to the right size before we send it for printing.

Resize Paper Size A To Size B Chart

This chart shown the conversion value by percent from A size paper to B size paper. Again you must read the conversion chart above FROM Size A Blue (left) TO Size B Red (top) to get the correct value.

Resize Paper Size B To Size A Chart

This chart shown the conversion value by percent  from B size paper to A size paper. Reading the conversion chart above is FROM Size B Blue (left) TO Size A Red (top) to get the correct value.

Related topic: Setting Adobe Illustrator Workspace - Creating New Document

Credit:  papersizes.org  |  manorpress.co.uk


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