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A beginner’s guide to paper sizes

If you are new to the world of printing or designing artwork, understanding paper sizes can be a confusing and overwhelming experience. There are a multitude of paper sizes available, each with their own unique dimensions and uses. In this beginner’s guide, we will provide an overview of standard paper sizes, explore non-standard sizes and formats, and offer advice on choosing the right size for your project.

Overview of standard paper sizes

The most commonly used paper size in Australia is A4, measuring 210mm x 297mm. This size is used for everyday printing needs, including letters, documents, and flyers. A5 (148mm x 210mm) is another popular size and is commonly used for brochures, notepads, and invitations. A3 (297mm x 420mm) is a larger size, often used for posters, signs, and banners.

Other standard paper sizes include:

Paper size guide diagram

The standard paper sizes, from A0 to A6, are all related to each other in a specific way. Each size is exactly half the area of the size above it. For example, an A4 sheet is half the size of an A3 sheet, and A5 is half the size of A4, and so on. It’s important to remember that the larger the number in the size of the paper the smaller it is – e.g. A6 is smaller than A1.

Non-standard paper sizes and formats

In addition to standard paper sizes, there are also a variety of non-standard sizes and formats available. These can be customised to suit specific requirements, allowing for a more unique and personalised result. Some popular non-standard sizes and formats include:

  • Square (e.g. 210mm x 210mm)
  • Custom sizes (e.g. 125mm x 325mm)
  • Die-cut shapes (e.g. heart, star, or other shapes)
  • Folded formats (e.g. gatefold, tri-fold, or Z-fold)

Choosing the right size for a project

When selecting a paper size for your project, it’s important to consider the purpose of the item, the amount of information to be included, and the overall design. For example, if you are designing a flyer for a local event, A5 or DL size may be suitable. If you are creating a poster to be displayed inside your office, A3 may suffice but if it needs to capture attention on a busy street, A1 or A0 may be more appropriate. 

Below are some of the most common uses for the different paper sizes.

DL Size

  • Envelopes
  • Flyers
  • With comp slips
  • Promotional material

A7 Size

  • Post-it notes
  • Small notepads
  • Tickets
  • RSVP cards

A6 Size

  • Postcards
  • Invitations
  • Flyers
  • Notepads

A4 Size

  • Everyday printing
  • Documents
  • Letters & letterhead
  • Manuals

A5 Size

  • Brochures
  • Notepads
  • Invitations
  • Small booklets

A3 Size

  • Small posters
  • Office signs & notices
  • Folded leaflets
  • Menus

A2 Size

  • Posters
  • Signs
  • Calendars
  • Maps

A1 Size

  • Posters
  • Flipchart paper
  • Advertising
  • Plan printing

A0 Size

  • Large posters
  • Technical drawings
  • Outdoor promotions
  • Display signs

If you are unsure which size to choose, speak to the professionals at Worldwide for advice. We can help you select the best size and format for your specific needs and ensure that the final result is of high quality.

Once you have chosen the right size and format for your project, we can help bring your ideas to life. Simply tell us preferred size and format, choose your preferred finishing options and send us your design. We have a wide range of finishing options, including laminating, binding, and embossing, to give your project a professional and polished look. And if you need help creating your artwork, our design team is there to help.

We can guide you through the process and ensure that your project is a success – ensuring that the final result is of high quality and effectively communicates your message.

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