What is A2 Paper Size?
A2 size measures 420 x 594 in mm, 42.0 x 59.4 in cm, and 16.54″ x 23.39″ in inches. The dimensions and rules of A2 are specified by ISO216 (based on DIN476 standard of Germany), which is a standard specialized for paper sizes.
ISO standard paper sizes include different series, mainly A paper series, B paper series and C envelope series. All the ISO series are widely used in most countries in the world except North American countries and Philippines, where US paper sizes are generally used.
As a not commonly used paper size, A2 is bit large for people’s everyday use in life and work. It is mostly used to make data charts, architectural drawings and medium-sized posters, etc.
Paper size is usually expressed in inches, mm and cm. The following is the drawing in inches and mm for A2 paper dimensions.
A2 Size Table
A2 dimensions in inches, mm, and cm
|Size #||in inches||in mm||in cm|
|A2||16.54″ x 23.39″||420 x 594 mm||42.0 x 59.4 cm|
A2 dimensions in pixels
A2 dimensions vary in pixels, depending on the PPI/DPI applied.
|A2||1191 x 1648 px||1587 x 2245 px||4961 x 7016 px|
* PPI (pixels per inch) = DPI (dots per inch) = Resolution
A Series Size Relations
A2 paper size is obtained by evenly dividing A0 size into 4 parts in the same proportion, so its area is also 1/4 of 1 square meter (the area of A0 size); and it is four times the size of the most common used A4 size. The entire ISO216 paper size series includes A0, A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, A9, A10, etc, size in order from big to small. The size of each number is twice that of the next one, and with actual the same length-width ratio: √2:1.
The following drawing shows the relationship between the sizes of the ISO A size.
Main Facts of A2 Size
in inches: 16.54 x 23.39″
in mm: 420 x 594 mm
in cm: 42.0 x 59.4 cm
A2 size in pixels:
in 72 ppi/dpi: 1191 x 1648 px
in 96 ppi/dpi: 1587 x 2245 px
in 300 dpi/ppi: 4961 x 7016 px
Area: 1/4 square meter.
Country of use: Most countries except North American countries, Mexico, and the Philippines
Other name: DIN A2 Size
Usage: Mostly used to make data charts, architectural drawings and medium-sized posters, etc.
Advantages: Can be used to make complex drawings, and more information can be printed; Commonly used internationally and can be bought from most raw paper mills.
Disadvantages: Portability is inconvenient and limited by common printing equipment for office use.
Ratio: It follows the ratio of ISO216 size standard, length to width: 1.414:1, or √2:1.
Approximate American size: ANSI C, which measures 17″ x 22″ in inches, 432 x 559 in mm, or 43.2 x 55.9 in cm.