A6

A6 is a paper size that is often used for postcards. More exotic uses are small pocket books, library microfiches and toilet paper.

Dimensions

A6 measures 105 × 148 millimeters or 4.13 × 5.83 inches. In PostScript, its dimensions are  rounded off to 298 × 420 points. The matching envelope format is C6 (114 × 162 mm).

Part of the ISO 216 standard

A6 is part of a set or range of page sizes, called the ISO A or ISO 216 standard. This international standard is based on the German DIN 476 standard from 1922. A6 is actually often referred to as DIN A6. The Japanese have adopted the same range of paper sizes in their JIS P 0138-61 standard.
A0, A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7 and A8By folding an A6 in two along its shortest side, you create an A7 document. Two A6 pages next to each other in a spread equals the A5 paper size. This way a range of paper sizes are created from A0 (which has a surface of one square meter) to A10. The height/width ratio remains constant (1:1.41 or the square root of 2) for all sizes. The dimensions always get rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Resolution needed to print an A6 size picture

To output an image properly it needs to have a certain minimum resolution. The number of pixels depend on the required output quality.

  • At 300 ppi (pixels per inch) the image needs to be 1240 x 1748 pixels. This is the required resolution for quality offset printing that will be viewed from a short distance (such as books, brochures, magazines, calenders,…). For photo books it is also the optimum resolution but a somewhat lower pixel count (250 dpi) is acceptable for great looking photographs.
  • At 150 ppi the image needs to be 620 x 874 pixels. This is the minimum resolution for newspapers or posters viewed from a fairly short distance.

A digital camera with decent image quality and a resolution of 2 megapixel or more can be used to print high quality A6 size pictures.

Alternatives

None added yet.

Other sources of information

An elaborate yet easy to read page on the ISO 216 standard can be found here.

8 August 2013

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