What are the A4 dimensions?
The A4 paper size comes in at 210mm x 297mm. It’s a very common size and is used for a range of things from menus to brochures. Although it’s used often for wall art and indoor posters, A4 isn’t a huge display size and therefore isn’t quite as effective if used in a large outdoor area. Instead, the A4 paper is the perfect fit when used at a close proximity. Not working in millimetres? No worries, here’s the sizing in cm, inches and pixels for you:
A4 size in cm: 21 x 29.7
A4 size in inches: 8.3 x 11.7
A4 size in pixels: 3508 x 2480
If you’re designing an A4 brochure or booklet for print, this will be the size of each individual page rather than a spread of two pages such as when the booklet is open.
What resolution do I need for the A4 size?
Setting up your print artwork to have a high resolution is really important for print. We measure it in DPI, or dots per inch, which basically means how many of the dots that make up your design live in each square inch – the more dots, the better the quality.
Despite being relatively small, the A4 size still needs to be set up at a high resolution. Whether it’s an A4 poster or a handout, print is often a customer’s first impression of you, so you need to make sure it counts with a high-quality finish.
You can create your own A4 printing design using a resolution of 297mm x 420mm at 300dpi (dots per inch), to make sure the end result is the best it can be. You’ll also need to add your 3mm bleed onto the above dimensions, this will ensure there’s no white border around your finished product.
Using an experienced in-house design team to bring your ideas to life? Or even outsourcing to a specialist freelancer? Great – they should know all about setting print artwork up to the right specifications using programs like Photoshop and InDesign.
If you’re going it alone with your A4 size poster or sign designs and want a little help, we’ve also got you covered with these design templates to start you off:
A4 size Photoshop Templates
A4 size InDesigs Templates
What can I design at an A4 paper size?
Depending on the item you want to print, A4 is simultaneously our biggest and smallest size. (Hear us out!) If you’re printing small format products like flyers, booklets, calendars, letterheads and even A4 strut cards, this is one of the biggest sizes you can choose. Alternatively, you can also print large format items like magnetic and correx signs where A4 size is the smallest option.
The A4 paper size is perfect for short distance posters and signs, such as on a noticeboard, a place mat menu and in schools and hospitals.
No matter your poster, flyer and marketing collateral needs, choose A4 printing services from instantprint for a quick and easy way to get everything you need in one place.