Get to grips with paper

All too often designers think about what's on the page rather than the page itself. Paper is an extremely important element of print design; it conveys the quality of your product and provides physical context for your design, whether you're producing a top-quality magazine or a free leaflet.

As you'll know, paper is defined by weight and paper size, according to the familiar 'A' and 'B' sizes of ISO 216. ISO paper sizes are all derived from a rectangle with the area of one square metre (A0 is 841x1,189mm). A sizes are intended to be the finished job sizes; RA sizes are to allow grip on the printing press; and SRA sizes allow for grip and bleed. B sizes are to cover oversize jobs.

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