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What do you need to remember?

Zero format is like patient zero – it all started with it, it is the largest, all subsequent formats are smaller. The larger the number next to the letter, the smaller the sheet. If you remember these things, you will never be confused again.

A0 (1188*640 mm)

Hero of the occasion, His Majesty zero format.

A1 (640*594 mm)

The favorite format of students of the last century is Whatman paper A1!

A2 (594*420 mm)

A rare bird on the stationery market, I have only seen whatman paper. But in ordinary life this is a newspaper spread.

A3 (420*297 mm)

If we fold two A4 sheets together along the same long side, we get an A3 sheet. This is the second most popular office paper format. It is also often used when making drawing paper, colored cardboard and colored paper.

The following formats can hardly be called stationery, more like drawing ones, but since I’ve taken it on, I’ll at least show you what sizes there are.

A4 (210*297 mm)

So, I took as a basis the most common and recognizable format — A4, its size is 210*297 mm. Office paper and a landscape sheet are approximately the same size. So, when I communicate with a client, I ask, for example: “What size notebook do you need? Like half a landscape sheet?” Usually, after this question we find a common language.

A6 (105*148 mm)

Now we bend the notebook sheet in half, and then we have in our hands the popular A6 notebook format, loved by reporters and correspondents. Actually, all subsequent formats – A7 and A8 – are mainly used for “notepads and notepads”.

A7 (74*105 mm)

Fold A6 in half and voila! In the hands of A7 – the favorite format of notepads for waiters, it fits comfortably in both the palm and the palm.

Fantastic formats

A8 (52*74 mm)

The A8 format is mythical for me – I know that it exists, but I have never seen products of this size. I think this is a spy format: it’s just convenient for printing microbooks for cloak and dagger employees.

A9 (37*52 mm) and A10 (26*37 mm)

I saw these format names on the Internet. But in general, you can see a lot of things on the Internet. I think these notebook and book formats are designed for midgets and gnomes. I see no other reasons for their creation. And yet they exist, at least on the Internet.

Let’s go for an increase, from A4 to A0

High Definition

Format 1440 PPI 2400 PPI 2880 PPI
A0 47679 × 67408 79464 × 112346 95357 × 134816
A1 33676 × 47679 56131 × 79464 67351 × 95357
A2 23811 × 33676 39684 × 56131 47622 × 67351
A3 16838 × 23811 28063 × 39684 33676 × 47622
A4 11906 × 16838 19843 × 28063 23811 × 33676
A5 8391 × 11906 13985 × 19843 16781 × 23811
A6 5953 × 8391 9922 × 13985 11906 × 16781
A7 4195 × 5953 6991 × 9922 8391 × 11906
A8 2948 × 4195 4913 × 6991 5896 × 8391
A9 2098 × 2948 3508 × 4913 4195 × 5896
A10 1474 × 2098 2480 × 3508 2948 × 4195

General information about paper formats, their sizes, aspect ratios, world standards and other interesting facts can be found on the paper formats and sizes page.

What are they for

Printers developed paper formats to save on paper, reduce the cost of production and, most importantly, to bring order to the sizes.

Other sizes

Series of materials RA and SRA – printed paper format for the A series, has the ability to work with bleeds after applying the image. Has ISO 217 standard. Some of these sizes are used for digital printing.

Sizes are in millimeters.

Interesting

In the old Soviet “Standard for designating paper formats for drawings according to GOST 3450–60,” the fourth format was called “11” and was the original one. All further formats danced from him, which is logical, in my opinion. The formats were designated by two numbers. The first indicated the multiplicity of the side with a length of 297 mm, and the second indicated the multiplicity of the side with a length of 210 mm.

From Wikipedia:

The product of two digits in the format designation determines the number of formats 11 that are contained in a given format. For example, format 44 with sheet dimensions of 1189×841 mm contains 4×4, that is, 16 formats 11.

But there was another problem: Soviet engineers did not refine and drew on format 11 or more, but in the direction of reduction no, no. That is, there was “neither”, but in a perverted form. I found only the A5 format designation as 1/2 1. Strange thing. Nevermind.

Let’s start reducing the formats, from A4 to A8, A9 and A10, whatever

A drop of theory in the sea of ​​history

The A0 format is to blame for everything, it all started with it. This is a sheet with an area of ​​1 square meter with an aspect ratio of ≈1:1.41. This aspect ratio is obtained mathematically. Here, the long side of the sheet 1189 mm is obtained if the short side 841 mm is multiplied by the aspect ratio 1.4142 (1189=841*1.4142).

Remember the previous article about paper? There was such a characteristic – density: 80 g/m². This is exactly the sheet of paper we were talking about. That is, a sheet of office paper with an area of ​​1 m² should weigh 80 grams. It’s simple. All subsequent formats are obtained by dividing the long side of the sheet in half. And the weight of one sheet of any format is easy to calculate, because we know the original one.

A little history

Until 1768, each mill produced paper in its own format. It was terribly expensive and inconvenient, especially for printers and book publishers: there was a lot of sawn-off material left over, which was simply thrown away, and that’s money. And when folding the sheet in half, the proportions of the page changed greatly.

Then they decided: stop putting up with this! After all, how great it would be if the sheet was folded in half and you would get two smaller sheets, but with the same aspect ratio. And here the Germans come into play. The scientist Georg Lichtenberg noted in 1768 that if we fold a sheet of paper in half whose side lengths are in the ratio of one to the square root of two, we get two rectangles with the same aspect ratio.

And at the beginning of the 20th century, engineer and mathematician Walter Portsmann proposed this idea to standardize paper sizes. As a result, in 1922 Germany adopted the DIN 476 paper standard, and already in 1975 it was made international. This series of paper standards was called “A”.

Low resolution

Format 72 PPI 96 PPI 150 PPI 300 PPI
A0 2384 × 3370 3179 × 4494 4967 × 7022 9933 × 14043
A1 1684 × 2384 2245 × 3179 3508 × 4967 7016 × 9933
A2 1191 × 1684 1587 × 2245 2480 × 3508 4960 × 7016
A3 842 × 1191 1123 × 1587 1754 × 2480 3508 × 4960
A4 595 × 842 794 × 1123 1240 × 1754 2480 × 3508
A5 420 × 595 559 × 794 874 × 1240 1748 × 2480
A6 298 × 420 397 × 559 620 × 874 1240 × 1748
A7 210 × 298 280 × 397 437 × 620 874 × 1240
A8 147 × 210 197 × 280 307 × 437 614 × 874
A9 105 × 147 140 × 197 219 × 307 437 × 614
A10 74 × 105 98 × 140 154 × 219 307 × 437

Afterword

In addition to the “A” series of paper standards, there are two less common formats: “B” (be) and “C” (tse). These formats differ in their approach to the same reference sheet of paper.

Paper sizes. if there is a4, then is there b4?

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Medium resolution

Format 600 PPI 720 PPI 1200 PPI
A0 19866 × 28087 23839 × 33704 39732 × 56173
A1 14043 × 19866 16838 × 23839 28066 × 39732
A2 9933 × 14043 11906 × 16838 19842 × 28066
A3 7016 × 9933 8419 × 11906 14032 × 19842
A4 4960 × 7016 5953 × 8419 9921 × 14032
A5 3508 × 4960 4195 × 5953 6992 × 9921
A6 2480 × 3508 2976 × 4195 4961 × 6992
A7 1748 × 2480 2098 × 2976 3496 × 4961
A8 1228 × 1748 1474 × 2098 2456 × 3496
A9 874 × 1228 1049 × 1474 1748 × 2456
A10 614 × 874 737 × 1049 1229 × 1748

Format “in”

If format “A” has a base of a sheet with an area of ​​1 m², then format “B” has the same sheet, but 1 m is the length of its short side, and the aspect ratio is the same. This format is used in printing for printing books, booklets, posters, brochures and postcards, as well as for making passports and some types of envelopes.

Format a in centimeters and inches

Format Size (width × height)
mm cm inches
A0 841 × 1189 84.1 × 118.9 33.1 × 46.8
A1 594 × 841 95.4 × 84.1 23.4 × 33.1
A2 420 × 594 42.0 × 59.4 16.5 × 23.4
A3 297 × 420 29.7 × 42.0 11.7 × 16.5
A4 210 × 297 21.0 × 29.7 8.3 × 11.7
A5 148 × 210 14.8 × 21.0 5.8 × 8.3
A6 105 × 148 10.5 × 14.8 4.1 × 5.8
A7 74 × 105 7.4 × 10.5 2.9 × 4.1
A8 52 × 74 5.2 × 7.4 2.0 × 2.9
A9 37 × 52 3.7 × 5.2 1.5 × 2.0
A10 26 × 37 2.6 × 3.7 1.0 × 1.5

The ISO 216 standard defines the following requirements for format A:

  • The height to width ratio is 1.4142 (√2);
  • The size of the A0 sheet is equal to the area of ​​1 square. m;
  • Each size A(n) is half of A(n-1);
  • The height and width of each size are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

A1 format

A1 format is the largest of the sizes regularly used in printing houses. This format is used in the production of banners.

Table of parameters of an A4 sheet in various units of measurement.

A1 in centimeters, cm in millimeters, mm in inches in pixels
Width 59.4 594 23.39 7016
Height 84.1 841 33.11 9933
Area 4995.54 4995540 774.4429 69689928

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A2 format

A2 format – half of A1 sheet. This is a popular size for wall poster production. Table of parameters of an A4 sheet in various units of measurement. A2 format in centimeters, cm in millimeters, mm in inches in pixels Width 42

420

16.54

4961

Height 59.4 594

249480
23.39 7016 Area 2494.8
386.8706 34806376
A3 format A3 format – half of A2 sheet. This size is popular for making calendars and posters, and is close to 30 by 40, which is a commonly ordered size for paper bags.

Table of parameters of a sheet in A3 format in various units of measurement.

A3 in centimeters, cm in millimeters, mm in inches in pixels
Width 29.7 297 11.69 3508
Height 42 420 16.54 4961
Area 1222.2 122220 96,678 17403188
Diagonal 72.74 363.7 14,321 8592.2

A5 format

A5 format is obtained by dividing a sheet of A4 paper in half. This is the size of 80% of the leaflets and flyers ordered in our printing house.

Table of sheet sizes in A5 format in various units of measurement.

210

2480

Area

623.7

31080

48.2141

4335040

Diagonal

36.37

181.85

7.1605

2148.05

A5 in centimeters, cm in millimeters, mm in inches in pixels
Width 14.8 148 5.83 1748
Height 21 8.27