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Production for Print by Mark Gatter

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A Word about Paper Weights and Sizes

The US and the UK use different paper sizes and calculate paper “weight” (which usually indicates thickness) differently. Paper also has a grain. It is similar to the grain in wood, and is caused by the tendency of the individual paper fibers to line up along the length of the manufactured roll rather than across it. All these are factors to consider when choosing stock.

In the UK, the most common sizes of sheet are based on one called “AO,” which covers a total of one square meter and measures 33⅛ x 46¾in (841 x 1189mm). This can be cut in half along the long edge to produce an A1 sheet, which is 33⅛ x 23⅜in (841 x 594mm). This can be cut in half in the same way to produce an A2, which is 16½ x 23⅜in (420 ...

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