Paper Sizes

In this country we use the ISO standard for paper sizes.  The most common series is the A series and the sizes are as follows:

A0: 1189 x 841mm
A1: 841 x 594mm
A2: 594 x 420mm
A3: 420 x 297mm
A4: 297 x 210mm 
A5: 210 x 148mm
A6: 148 x 105mm

The C series of paper is used for envelopes and matches the A series – so a C4 envelope would be ideal for an A4 sheet.

The other common size used a lot in printing is DL which is ‘compliment slip size’ 99 x 210mm


We prefer artwork to be supplied as high resolution, print ready PDF files.
However, other options are possible, so if in doubt, please give us a call.
The following tips will help you set up your pages:

Please use one of the industry standard or Microsoft applications to create your print files, these include QuarkXpress, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop .

Supply your artwork to the correct finished size.

Make sure your pages are in the correct running order.

Text should be at least 3mm away from the edge of the page. (NB, for some jobs 5mm is best, but please call us for advice if in doubt)

Please remember to allow at least 3mm bleed (this is the area of colour that is to print off the edge of the paper)


Useful Printing Terms
CMYK: Cyan (blue), Magenta (red), Yellow and K (black) – used as the basic colours in the printing industry.   These four inks are overprinted and combined to produce a very wide range of colours on the page.
CROP MARKS: These are also known as Tick Marks and are the marks placed on the page to indicate the edge of the paper.  They are needed as a guide when cutting documents to their finished size.
ENCAPSULATION: A form of protective enclosure for paper which involves placing the item between two sheets of clear film that are then sealed around all edges.
GSM: This term is used with paper and is an abbreviation for grams per square metre, so gives the weight of the paper.  For example, typical photocopier paper is 80gsm, a good quality letterhead 120gsm, and a postcard around 300gsm.
PANTONE: This is an industry trademark for colour standards, colour reproduction etc and ensures quality control when specific colours, tones or shades are required.