Paper size

Paper size

There are different formats of papers in the world, based on traditions of use, times, geographical areas.

French formats are standardized by the AFNOR (French standardization association). The names used are derived from the filagrams (or watermarks) they carried when they were handcrafted.

To simplify exchanges, a format of international standards has been defined. This format is based on the homothetic, that is to say that its proportions must be preserved when one folds a sheet in its longest side. This feature allows you to reproduce each format keeping all the proportions of what is on the page (allowing, for example, cutting without loss, the making of books by folding).

This paper standard includes the “A, B and C” formats followed by a number. The number indicates the number of times that the basic format has been divided into two: a division into halves of an A0 sheet  gives two A1 sheets , the division of which by two gives two A2 sheets .

So,  an A0 sheet  gives four A2 sheets , eight A3 sheets , 16 A4 sheets, 32 A5 sheets, etc.

                  

The A0 format, which measures 1m ² (rounds to the millimeter).
The B part of the B0 format, which is 1 meter wide.
The C takes the geometric mean of the two previous ones and is in fact very used for the envelopes.

The use of these formats is very widespread around the world, with the exception of the US Letter size 8 ½ inch (21.6 x 27.9 cm) paper format used in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

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In painting and graphic arts, we often refer to traditional formats, as well as to the A format.
Below are tables presenting these formats.

                       FRENCH FORMATS                                                   EUROPEAN FORMATS

Série A En millimètres
Univers    1000 x 1300 A0 841 x 1189
Grand Monde 900 x 1260 / 800 x 1200  A1  594 x 841
Quadruple carré  900 x 1120  A2  420 x 594
 Double jésus  760 x 1120  A3  297 x 420
 Grand aigle  750 x 1120  A4  210 x 297
 Aigle  700 x 940  A5  148 x 210
 Atlas  650 x 940  A6  105 x 148
 Journal  650 x 940  A7  74 x 105
 Petit aigle  600 x 940  A8  52 x 74
 Grand colombier  630 x 900  A9  37 x 52
 Grand soleil  600 x 800  A10  26 x 37
 Double carré  590 x 900 Série B
 En millimètres
 Grand jésus  560 x 760  B0  1000 x1414
 Jésus ordinaire  550 x 720  B1  707 x 1000
 Petit jésus  520 x 680  B2  500 x 707
 Raisin  500 x 650  B3  353 x 500
 Petit raisin  490 x 640  B4  250 x 353
 Cavalier  460 x 620  B5  176 x 250
 Carré  450 x 560  B6  125 x 176
 Coquille  440 x 560  B7  88 x 125
Ecu 400 x 520  B8  62 x 88
Double cloche 390 x 580  B9  44 x 62
Couronne édition 370 x 470  B10  31 x 44
Série C En millimètres
C0 917x x1297
C1 648 x 917
C2 458 x 648
C3 324 x 458
C4 229 x324
C5 262 x 229
C6 114 x 162
C7 81 x 114
C8 57 x 81
C9 40 x 57
C10 28 x 40

 

                     AMERICAN FORMATS                                         JAPANESE FORMATS

 En millimètres En millimètres
 Letter  216 x 279  JB0  1030 x 1456
Legal  216 x 356  JB1  728 x 1030
 Ledger  432 x 279  JB2  515 x 728
 Tabloid  279 x 432  JB3  364 x 515
 ANSI A (letter)  216 x 279  JB4  257 x 364
 ANSI B (Ledger)  432 x 279  JB5  182 x 257
 ANSI B (Tabloid)  279 x 432  JB6  128 x 182
 ANSI C  432 x 559  JB7  91 x 128
 ANSI D  559 x 864  JB8  64 x 91
ANSI E 864 x 1118  JB9  45 x 64
ANSI F 771,2 x 1016  JB10  32 x 45
Statement Half Letter 140 x 216  JB11  22 x 32
Quarto 203 x 254  JB12  16 x 22
Foolscap (folio) 210 x 330  Shiroku ban 4  264 x 379
Super-B 330 x 483  Shiroku ban 5  189 x 262
Post 394 x 489  Shiroku ban 7  127 x 188
Crown 381 x 508  Kiku 4  227 x 306
Demy 445 x 572  Kiku 5  151 x 227
Medium 457 x 584
Broadsheet 457 x 610
Royal 508 x 635
Elephant 584 x 711
Double Demy 572 x 889
Quad Demy 889 x 1143

 

JAPANESE PRINTS FORMATS

Aiban 340 x 220
Chûban  260 x 190
Hashira-e 730 x 120
Hosoban 330 x 145
Nagaban 515 x 230
Ôban 380 x 255
Ô-Ôban ou Grand ôban  580 x 320
Ôtanzaku  370 x 170
Shikishiban 230 x 230
Tate-e estampe verticale
Yoko-e estampe horizontale

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