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All You Need To Know About Paper Sizes

We have talked about printing PDFs before, remember? It is practical that PDF documents retain their formatting and thus look exactly like they did on screen once they are printed out. However, as stated in our Resize PDF Tutorial, the paper size of your print is something that should be taken into consideration as well – especially when you don’t print on your own but give the job to a printing company.

In the tutorial mentioned above, we have already mentioned the different paper sizes available to choose from when resizing your PDF with PDF2Go. Now, let’s have a much closer look at the differences between these paper sizes to help you decide which one you might need. 

What You Need To Know About Paper Sizes

There are different standards for paper sizes. This makes it easier for private persons as well as companies to produce prints and other papers of a matching size.

We will only explore the standards available for our PDF resize function, which covers the most useful and widely used ones.

The ISO Series

The ISO 216 is an international paper size standard that was based on the German DIN 476 standard. All ISO standards, no matter which series they belong to, are based on a single aspect ratio of √2.

 

ISO A

ISO A
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ISO A is the most commonly used page size standard. The sizes go from A0 being the biggest to A10, being the smallest. The most commonly known standard for papers of daily usage is A4.

As can be seen in the size chart to the right, the smaller sizes roughly represent the half of the next bigger one. E.g., A5 is half the size of A4.

All paper sizes from the A series are available to choose on PDF2Go.

 

ISO B

ISO B
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Less common than the ISO A series, the B series is still widely used. The sizes go from B0 to B10 with B0 being the largest and B10 being the smallest paper size in this standard.

As with the A series, the smaller paper sizes are roughly the half of the respective bigger one. E.g., B4 is half the size of B3.

At PDF2Go.com, you can only use the sizes from B0 to B6.

 

ISO C

ISO C
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The third popular ISO series is ISO C. This format is usually used for envelopes. The C series is slightly bigger than the respective sizes of the A series so paper of, e.g., an A4 size fit into a C4 envelope. Again, the size ranges from C0 (being the biggest) to C10 (being the smallest).

Just like with the other series in the ISO standard, the smaller paper sizes are roughly the half of the respective bigger one. E.g., C5 is half the size of C4.

Only the paper sizes from C0 to C6 are available in our resize function.

 

The table below gives an overview of the actual size of the printed page, both in inch (in) and millimeters (mm) for all three ISO series.

Format A series B series C series
Size mm in mm in mm in
0 841 × 1189 33.1 × 46.8 1000 × 1414 39.4 × 55.7 917 × 1297 36.1 × 51.1
1 594 × 841 23.4 × 33.1 707 × 1000 27.8 × 39.4 648 × 917 25.5 × 36.1
2 420 × 594 16.5 × 23.4 500 × 707 19.7 × 27.8 458 × 648 18.0 × 25.5
3 297 × 420 11.7 × 16.5 353 × 500 13.9 × 19.7 324 × 458 12.8 × 18.0
4 210 × 297 8.27 × 11.7 250 × 353 9.84 × 13.9 229 × 324 9.02 × 12.8
5 148 × 210 5.83 × 8.27 176 × 250 6.93 × 9.84 162 × 229 6.38 × 9.02
6 105 × 148 4.13 × 5.83 125 × 176 4.92 × 6.93 114 × 162 4.49 × 6.38
7 74 × 105 2.91 × 4.13 88 × 125 3.46 × 4.92 81 × 114 3.19 × 4.49
8 52 × 74 2.05 × 2.91 62 × 88 2.44 × 3.46 57 × 81 2.24 × 3.19
9 37 × 52 1.46 × 2.05 44 × 62 1.73 × 2.44 40 × 57 1.57 × 2.24
10 26 × 37 1.02 × 1.46 31 × 44 1.22 × 1.73 28 × 40 1.10 × 1.57

The JIS Series

The JIS standard is similar to the ISO standard and widely used in Japan, Taiwan and China. While the JIS A series is almost identical with the ISO A series, there are some differences when it comes to the JIS B series.

The paper size varies from B0 as the largest up to B12 being the smallest size. However, we only offer the choice of size from B0 to B6 in this series at PDF2Go.

The exact measures are given in the table below.

Format B series
Size mm in
0 1030 × 1456 40.55 × 57.32
1 728 × 1030 28.66 × 40.55
2 515 × 728 20.28 × 28.66
3 364 × 515 14.33 × 20.28
4 257 × 364 10.12 × 14.33
5 182 × 257 7.17 × 10.12
6 128 × 182 5.04 × 7.17
7 91 × 128 3.58 × 5.04
8 64 × 91 2.52 × 3.58
9 45 × 64 1.77 × 2.52
10 32 × 45 1.26 × 1.77
11 22 × 32 0.87 × 1.26
12 16 × 22 0.63 × 0.87

The ARCH Series

ARCH
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The ARCH series of paper size standards is mostly used for architectural purposes (hence the abbreviation). It’s preferred by many architects since the aspect ratios use smaller integers than those of the ISO series.

The aspect ratios used in the ARCH series are 4:3 and 3:2. The 4:3 ratio has the big advantage of also being the aspect ratio of most computer monitors. The sizes range from ARCH A being the smallest to ARCH E3 being the biggest size. On PDF2Go.com you can choose ARCH A, ARCH B, ARCH C, ARCH D and ARCH E as your target paper size.

The table below shows the measures as well as the aspect ratio of the ARCH series in both millimeters (mm) and inches (in).

 Format mm in aspect ratio
Arch E3 686 x 991 27 x 39 9:13
Arch E2 660 x 965 26 x 38 13:19
Arch E1 762 x 1067 30 x 42 5:7
Arch E 914 x 1219 36 x 48 3:4
Arch D 610 x 914 24 x 36 2:3
Arch C 457 x 610 18 x 24 3:4
Arch B 305 x 457 12 x 18 2:3
Arch A 229 x x305 9 x 12 3:4

Other Paper Sizes

There are some other paper sizes you can choose from when resizing your PDF or document with our service. Lets have a quick look at them:

  • Tabloid: A newspaper format with a size of 279 x 432 mm or 11 x 17 in.
  • Ledger: A format similar to Tabloid with a size of 432 x 279 mm or 17 x 11 in.
  • Legal: A format used for legal documents with a size of 216 x 356 mm or 8.5 x 14 in.
  • Letter: A common format for letters with a size of 216 x 279 mm or 8.5 x 11 in.
  • Half Letter: About half the size of Letter with a size of 140 x 216 mm or 5.5 x 8.8 in.
  • FLSA & FLSE: Two rarely used standards with a size of 612 x 936 mm or 8.5 x 13 in.
  • Hagaki: A Japanese postcard-like format with a size of 102 x 102 mm or 4 x 4 in.