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A Quick Guide to Photo Paper Sizes

Get Photo Paper in the Size that you want

Most paper bought nowadays follow the industry standard A sizes.  But that is not necessarily the ideal format.

For example 10x8 has traditionally been the portrait sizes and is still widely used for framed photos.  For photo saring or albums 4x6 (10x15cm) and 5x7 (13x18cm) are the most popular  The industry refers to these as "R"sizes - from 3R, 4R, 5R, 6R, 8R to 11R.

Other photographers like their prints to reflect exactly what they see through the viewfinder - - "What you see is what you print".  Whiulst the aspect ratio of 1.42:1 is near to the 3:" aspect ratio for most DSLR cameras it is not the same and some cropping will occur.  If you use the 4:3 ratio camera (Olympus or most compacts) then there will be much more cropping - the balance will be different.

Square pictures are popular too.

Here is a list of paper sizes which photographers might like to consider.  Of course they are all available from OPUSalbums.com, either as standard products or using the 'Photo Paper How You Want it' service

Most vendors give you the choice of A4 and A3.  Some give A2.  We offer no fewer than 62 different cut sheet sizes (at the last count) and six wide format widths.  And the list is growing

Here are those currently available:

  • “A Series”  (A6 to A2) - Standard sizes in Europe and  most parts of the world.

  • American Sizes – as used in North America

  • Traditional Photo Sizes (like 5x7 and 10x8) - Used for framed pictures and displays.

  • Panoramic Sizes (16:9 and 3:1 aspect ratio) – 16:9 is the standard wide format video ratio – and many digital cameras have a panoramic option with this ratio.  3:1 is of course twice the 6x4,15x10 size (and proportionately larger).  This size has been promoted by Hewlett Packard.

  • Camera Aspect Ratio (3:2 and 4:3) – Most digital SLR cameras use the 3:2 size as standard; Olympus and some Pentax use 4:3 - as well as many compact digital cameras.

  • Square Photo Paper - Classic photos often started out in square format - from the old 2x2 52x52mm medium format film.  This is still used in some professional areas.

  • Photo Album Size (12x12in – 30x30cm)

  • Scrapbook Size (8x8in – 20x20cm)

  • Greeting card friendly sizes (e.g double 6x6 and double 8x8)

  • Promotional leaflet sizes (e.g 2/3xA4 and 5/6xA4 - for half fold designs) - Two-third A4 is quite popular:  the 1/3 A4 format 'trifold' being standard for many items.  If only ofur surfaces rather than 6 are needed then the 2/3 A4 is ideal.

     

Our name

Industry Name

Inches

(approx)

Centimetres

(approx)

Millimetres

(exact)

Aspect

Ratio

Notes

“A Sizes”

A6

A6

5.8x4.1

15x10.5

148x105

1.42


A5

A5

8.3x5.8

21x15

210x148

1.42


A4

A4

11.7x8.3

30x21

297x210

1.42


A3

A3

16.5x11.7

42x30

420x297

1.42


A3 Plus

A3 Plus, Super-B

19x13

48x33

483x325

1.5


A2

A2

23.4x16.5

59x42

594x420

1.42


American Sizes

Letter

11x8.5

28x21.5

279x216

1.29


Euro-  Letter

  Letter

11x8.25

28x21

279x210

1.33

See note

 Legal

 Legal

14x8.5

36x21.5

356x216

1.65


 Tabloid

 Tabloid

17x11

43x28

432x279

1.54


 B  Sizes

B4

B4

14x10

35x25

353x250

1.42


B5

B5

10x7

25x18

250x1.77

1.42


Traditional Photo Sizes

3.5x5

3R

3.5x5

9x13

89x127

1.43


4x6

4R

4x6

15x10

148x99

1.5

See note

5x7

5R

5x7

13x18

127x178

1.4


5x8


5x8

13x20

127x203

1.6


6x8

6R

6x8

15x20

148x197

1.33


8x10

8R,6P

8x10

20x25

203x254

1.25


11x14

11R

11x14

28x36

279x356

1.27


Panoramic Sizes (16:9 aspect ratio)

4.5x8


4.5x8

11.5x20

114x203

1.78


7x12


6.75x12

17x30

167x297

1.78

See note

9x16


9x16

23x40

229x406

1.78


Panoramic Sizes (3:1 aspect ratio)

4x12


4x12

10x30

99x297

3.0

See note

5x16


5.5x16.5

14x42

140x420

3.0


6.5x19


6.33x19

16x48

161x483

3.0


8x24


8x24

20x60

198x594

3.0

See note

Camera Aspect Ratio  (3:2)

3.5x5.25

LW

3.5x5.25

13x9

89x133

1.5


4x6

4R

4x6

10x15

99x148

1.5

See note

5x7.5

2LW

5x7.5

19x13

127x190

1.5


8x12

S8R,6PW

8x12

30x20

198x297

1.5

See note

9x13

A3 Plus

13x9

33x48

325x483

1.5

See note

Camera Aspect Ratio  (4:3)

4x5.3

KGD

4x5.3



1.33


5x6.7

2LD

5x6.67

17x13

127x169

1.33


6x8

6R

6x8

15x20

148x197

1.33


8x11


8.3x11

21x28

210x280

1.33


11x16


11x16.5

32x42

315x420

1.33


Square Photo Paper   

5x5

  5 inch square

5x5

13x13

127x127

1.0


6x6

  6 inch square

6x6

15x15

148x148

1.0


8x8

  8 inch square

8x8

20x20

203x203

1.0

See Scrapbook Sizs

10x10

 10 inch square

10x10

25x25

254x254

1.0


11x11

 11 inch square

11x11

28x28

280x280

1.0


12x12

 12 inch square

12x12

30x30

297x297

1.0

See Album Size

16x16

 16 inch square

16x16

40x40

406x406

1.0


Album/Scrapbook Sizes

12x12

Photo Album

12x12

30x30

305x305

1.0


8x8

Scrapbook

8x8

20x20

203x203




Greeting Card Sizes (Sizes when folded)

Double 6x6

6in sq Greeting Card

12x6

30x15

297x148

2.0


Double 8x8

8in sq Greeting Card

16x8

40x20

406x203

2.0


Special Promotional Literature Sizes

2/3 A4

Two-thirds A4

7.8x8.2

20x21

198x210

0.94

For tri-fold size half fold - see note

5/6 A4

Five-sixths A4

9.7x8.2

25x21

247x210

1.18

Ideal for assymetic half fold leaflet


Note re sizes

There are some variations as to the exact sizes - those shown are as used by OPUSalbums.com and minor adjustments have in the interests of economy.  However in all cases we have preserved the aspect ratio.

For example 6x4 is normally 152x102mm – in our case it is 148x99mm – less than 3% smaller. 

In the case of American letter there is an option of 8.5x11 or 8.25x11 – the latter has to be cut from A3 which is very wasteful.  If there is a demand we will bring some product over from the USA.

For 2/3 A4 - as we have 1/3 A4 left over we supply the 1/3 A4 offering free of charge.

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