Most artists understand the size and shape of their canvas before they start. Graphic design allows more flexibility; with a few clicks, I can make my canvas any size I want.

The first step to making smart design choices is understanding what canvas size you should use. In order to make that decision, the designer must decide if the project is going to be used digitally, printed or a combination of the two? Hopefully, this will help you avoid any last minuet layout and dimension changes.

As you can imagine, each country has their own common paper sizes. Today, we are going to look at the common paper sizes in the US. The three standard paper series in the US, they include common loose paper sizes, ARCH (architectural) paper series and the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) paper series.

Common Loose Paper Sizes

Loose Paper Sizes_TableThese are the paper sizes we regularly encounter. Most home printers can accommodate a letter or legal size paper. Tabloid is nice for making booklets or magazines because its half-size is 8.5 x 11.

ANSI (American National Standards Institute) Paper Series

This paper series, like the international paper sizes, is based on halves. Each page is half the size of the last. This gives us alternating ratios. If you need to change the size of a finished product and want to keep the same ratio due to ease, you could go down 2 paper sizes.ANSIARCH Paper Series

This size series was made for architects and their blueprints. These sizes have also been used for poster sizes. I like this series because the ratios are whole numbers even though they still alternate.ARCHWith a little foresight and planning, this knowledge can help you make size choices that are cost effective for your project.







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