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What are the measurments for a normal sheet of paper?

Asked by fortris (677 points ) May 23rd, 2008

In inches, I don’t own a ruler :(
and if anyone knows, how man pixels would that be?

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xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

8.5 by 11 inches

and pixels would depend on the pixel density of your screen, well at least I think.

jlm11f's avatar

yep. what he said.

mdy's avatar

The US uses Letter 8.5×11

Europeans use the international standard, which is A4

DeezerQueue's avatar

Pixels are not used in the measurement of images when printing, the standard is dpi (dots per inch) because printers use dots rather than pixels. It will depend upon what you want for image quality, but the standard is somewhere between 200 and 300 dpi, depending upon whom you ask. Most believe that 200 dpi is sufficient for a good quality print and I tend to agree with that, when I print my images I’ve always used 200 dpi.

In your software program, when you are resizing your image, hopefully you’ll have a large enough image to work with, you’ll see different sections, one for pixel dimensions and one for document size. Use the document size and enter the appropriate measurements (8.5×11” assuming you’re using the American standard). Where you see the resolution is where you’ll need to enter either 200 or 300. Start at 200.

This is where megapixels are important. If you have a 2 megapixel camera and want to print 8.5×11 you’ll probably end up with a crappy print because you don’t have enough information (pixels) to begin with. You should be all right with 6+ megapixels but I’m not sure about 4 megapixels, you’ll just have to give it a shot.

Good luck!

fortris's avatar

I got it to work everybody, and thanks for the answers!

benseven's avatar

You’ll find this site really useful if you work with page design a lot – has a list of all the ISO paper sizes and their dimesions.

I’d stick to 300dpi as a general rule, as the majority of professional print services require at least that resolution to print high quality graphics and text. Depends on what you’re working on, but in my book it’s always better to work bigger / higher res than you need and scale down, than work at something like 200dpi and find you need to scale up.

jonno's avatar

“Europeans use the international standard, which is A4”

It’s not just Europeans, it’s the rest of the world too… it’s called an “international standard” for a reason. And because it’s an international standard, America won’t follow it, of course! :P

Anyway, an A4 sheet of paper is 210 by 297 mm (or 8.3 by 11.7 inches). Double that for the size of an A3 sheet. Double it twice for A2. And so on until A0.

And also, halve the size of an A4 for A5. And halve that again for A6. And so on until A10.

fortris's avatar

I got it, don’t worry. The page is in 850 by 1060 which works.

marinelife's avatar

@jonno Awesome jelly avatar!

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