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Paper Size Scale & Magnification Factors

A Paper Scale Factors - Quick Lookup

Select the paper sizes from the two 'Size' selector boxes and the magnification factor will appear in the two factor boxes as a decimal and as a percentage (useful for photocopying).

Size Size Decimal Percentage
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The ISO 216 paper sizes have some great properties when it comes to enlarging and reducing documents, because they all have the same aspect ratio if an A4 page is enlarged to A3 the margins around the page don't vary such that the top and side margins are of significantly different proportions and you don't get the text lost at the top, bottom or sides.

The scale factor for each reduction or enlargement is the same so reducing from A3 -> A4 (71%) is the same scaling as from A4 -> A5 and from A5 -> A6. Note that the reduction between each size is not 50% even though the smaller size has half the area. The scale factor for reduction is calculate by dividing the longer edge of the smaller size by the longer edge of the larger size (or the shorter edge of the smaller size by the shorter edge of the larger size).

Magnification Scale Factors Background

For the mathematically minded the scaling factor between A4 and A3 is the square root of 2 (√2) expressed as a percentage. and the scaling factor between A4 and A2 is (√2)2 (i.e. 2) expressed as a percentage. The table below gives generic formulae for conversions between different sizes of the same series and conversions between series for A and B paper sizes.

Conversion Formulae Decimal Percentage
A(n-1) -> A(n) √0.5 0.7071 71%
B(n) -> A(n) √(√0.5) 0.8409 84%
A(n-1) -> B(n) √(√0.5) 0.8409 84%
A(n) -> B(n) √(√2) 1.1892 119%
B(n) -> A(n-1) √(√2) 1.1892 119%
A(n) -> A(n-1) √2 1.4142 141%

Magnification Scale Factors Table for A Paper Sizes

The table below gives scale factors for enlarging or reducing documents between all of the A series paper sizes expressed as percentages (as this is how they are most commonly displayed on photocopiers and in print software). To get conversion factors from the table select the row for the size you are converting from (blue) and the column for the size you are converting to (red).

Size4A02A0A0A1A2A3A4A5A6A7A8A9A10
4A0100%71%50%35%25%18%12.5%8.8%6.3%4.4%3.1%2.2%1.6%
2A0141%100%71%50%35%25%18%12.5%8.8%6.3%4.4%3.1%2.2%
A0200%141%100%71%50%35%25%18%12.5%8.8%6.3%4.4%3.1%
A1283%200%141%100%71%50%35%25%18%12.5%8.8%6.3%4.4%
A2400%283%200%141%100%71%50%35%25%18%12.5%8.8%6.3%
A3566%400%283%200%141%100%71%50%35%25%18%12.5%8.8%
A4800%566%400%283%200%141%100%71%50%35%25%18%12.5%
A51132%800%566%400%283%200%141%100%71%50%35%25%18%
A61600%1132%800%566%400%283%200%141%100%71%50%35%25%
A72265%1600%1132%800%566%400%283%200%141%100%71%50%35%
A83200%2265%1600%1132%800%566%400%283%200%141%100%71%50%
A94573%3200%2265%1600%1132%800%566%400%283%200%141%100%71%
A106400%4573%3200%2265%1600%1132%800%566%400%283%200%141%100%

Magnification Scale Factors Table for A Paper Sizes to B Paper Sizes

The table below gives scale factors for enlarging or reducing documents between A paper sizes and B series paper sizes expressed as percentages (as this is how they are most commonly displayed on photocopiers and in print software). To get conversion factors from the table select the row for the size you are converting from (blue) and the column for the size you are converting to (red).

SizeB0B1B2B3B4B5B6B7B8B9B10
A0119%84%59%42%30%21%14.8%10.5%7.4%5.2%3.7%
A1168%119%84%59%42%30%21%14.8%10.5%7.4%5.2%
A2238%168%119%84%59%42%30%21%14.8%10.5%7.4%
A3336%238%168%119%84%59%42%30%21%14.8%10.5%
A4476%336%238%168%119%84%59%42%30%21%14.8%
A5673%476%336%238%168%119%84%59%42%30%21%
A6955%673%476%336%238%168%119%84%59%42%30%
A71347%955%673%476%336%238%168%119%84%59%42%
A81911%1347%955%673%476%336%238%168%119%84%59%
A92719%1911%1347%955%673%476%336%238%168%119%84%
A103822%2719%1911%1347%955%673%476%336%238%168%119%

Magnification Scale Factors Table for B Paper Sizes to A Paper Sizes

The table below gives scale factors for enlarging or reducing documents between B paper sizes and A series paper sizes expressed as percentages (as this is how they are most commonly displayed on photocopiers and in print software). To get conversion factors from the table select the row for the size you are converting from (blue) and the column for the size you are converting to (red).

SizeA0A1A2A3A4A5A6A7A8A9A10
B084%59%42%30%21%14.8%10.5%7.4%5.2%3.7%2.6%
B1119%84%59%42%30%21%14.8%10.5%7.4%5.2%3.7%
B2168%119%84%59%42%30%21%14.8%10.5%7.4%5.2%
B3238%168%119%84%59%42%30%21%14.8%10.5%7.4%
B4336%238%168%119%84%59%42%30%21%14.8%10.5%
B5476%336%238%168%119%84%59%42%30%21%14.8%
B6673%476%336%238%168%119%84%59%42%30%21%
B7955%673%476%336%238%168%119%84%59%42%30%
B81347%955%673%476%336%238%168%119%84%59%42%
B91911%1347%955%673%476%336%238%168%119%84%59%
B102719%1911%1347%955%673%476%336%238%168%119%84%

 

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