Archive for February, 2014

European vs US Paper Sizes. Why do we care??

They are different!! A standard US Letter size (8.5″ x 11″) flyer is wider and shorter than the European counterpart (ISO A4 – 8.27″ x 11.69″).

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Paper size A3, A4, A5, B4, B5, B6 on laser copier

US Paper sizes follow the ANSI series, whereas European (and Asian) follow the ISO sizes.

European & Asian Paper Size

ISO A Series of Sizes is the most frequently used page measurement sizes. The largest size A0 measures 1 sq. meter and the height/width ratio remains constant (1:1.41) for all sizes.

ISO A Series
Height (inch)
Width (inch)

The drawing above shows a graphical representation of the ISO A Series (courtesy of


US Paper Sizes

The US & Canada do not use the international standards (ISO) but uses a different standard as listed below:

Height (inch)
Width (inch)
Letter (ANSI A) 11 8.5
Legal 14 8.5
Ledger 17 11
Tabloid 11 17
Executive 10.55 7.25
ANSI C 17 22
ANSI D 22 34
ANSI E 34 44

Here is a link to the Wikipedia for more information.

So the big question is do we (US & Canadian Printers) care about this? Yes & No. Most of the jobs 95% are the US standard size so no big problem. But as the world is getting smaller and smaller and there is more artwork coming from European & Asian Countries and the sizes are different. Which means 2 things either reformat to the US size or print in the original size. As everyone knows reformatting is a pain, so most of the people want to print in the original format.

So how did we solve this problem. Very Simple offer some of the most common products at the Euro sizes. And they are:

1. European Size Business Cards – 3.35×2.17 inches

2. Flyer, European A4 Size – 8.27×11.69 inch

3. Brochure – Euro A4 Size – 11.69×8.27 inch. (tri-folded, half folded, z folded)

4. Brochure – Euro A2 Size – 16.54×11.69 inch. (half folded)

Date: 11th February, 2014 | Under: Fun Stuff | No Comments

“Sticking” Out Above the Competition

You’ve seen them on windows, walls, cars, laptops, college books, and dozens of other places. Stickers can be seen everywhere and they demand attention. They reach your audience in a way that business cards and flyers simply cannot. What better way to market your brand or your company than to slap your design somewhere knowing that it is there to stay?

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Here at PrintPapa, we weren’t satisfied “sticking” with typical boxy square and rectangular labels. We had to take it to the next level! So we acquired the Roland XR640 large format printer and cutter. With its capability of digitally die-cutting virtually any shape, the possibilities really are endless. As if that wasn’t cool enough, this mega machine also has the capacity to print 12 metallic colors and also be able to print white ink on clear materials.

Your customized stickers will be printed on a heavy duty, water resistant, high definition 3 mil gloss adhesive material. Also provided, is the option to laminate your labels, producing a nearly indestructible product. Our website offers detailed layout templates to help you set up your artwork correctly.

Stay tuned to see what else we have up our sleeves……

Date: 5th February, 2014 | Under: New @PrintPapa | No Comments


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