Posters are available in many different standard sizes as well as custom sizes to suit your needs. The most commonly used sizes for posters are 18” x 24”, 24” x 36” and 27” x 40”. These are the most requested sizes for common posters that print on our wide format inkjet printers. By no means is this the complete list of sizes. See the chart below for more standard poster sizes, print methods and common “also known as” names used.
Standard Poster Sizes from SLB Printing, Inc.
|Sizes: Inches & millimeters||Print Method||Also Known As|
|8-1/2” x 11” (215.9mm x 279.4mm)||Inkjet, Digital or Offset||Letter or ANSI A|
|11” x 17” (279.4mm x 431.8mm)||Inkjet, Digital or Offset||Tabloid, Ledger or ANSI B|
|12” x 18” (304.8mm x 457.2mm)||Inkjet, Digital or Offset||Mini-Poster|
|16” x 20” (406.4mm x 508mm)||Inkjet or Offset||Digital Camera Picture, Portrait Pictures|
|18” x 24” (457.2mm x 609.6mm)||Inkjet or Offset||Architectural C, Medium Poster, ½ size|
|24” x 36” (609.6mm x 914.4mm)||Inkjet or Offset||Architectural D, Large Poster|
|27” x 39” (685.8mm x 990.6mm)||Inkjet or Offset||One Sheet Movie Poster – bulk printing|
|27” x 40” (685.8mm x 1016mm)||Inkjet only||One Sheet Movie Poster|
|48” x 36” (1219.2mm x 914.4mm)||Inkjet only||Research Poster, Academic Poster|
|40” x 60” (1016mm x 1524mm)||Inkjet only||Bus Shelter, Bus Stop or Subway Poster|
SLB Printing recommends using the standard poster sizes in order to help keep your costs down only when it comes to finding premade frames. Since the sizes above that are printed using our inkjet method use media that comes on rolls up to 61” wide, any custom size up to 60” wide can be printed. The offset method used for printing posters uses a premade sheet that can range in size from 8-1/2” x 11” all the way up to 28” x 40”. When the job requires a larger bulk order of posters, we usually use our offset print method. When you need a poster printed in 1 work day or less, we will use the inkjet method for sizes over 13” x 19” or our digital method for 13” x 19” or smaller posters.
What size standard poster should you use?
Poster size choice is usually a function of what you are going to use it for and where it will be installed or used. 8.5 x 11 posters are also called flyers, circulars or hand bills. These are used as handouts. 11” x 17” and 12” x 18” posters can be used for promotional give-a-ways. The 16” x 20” and 18” x 24” get the work for portraits and smaller window ads. Stepping up to the 24” x 36” size is when you need a large poster. Finally, the 27” x 39” and 27” x 40” are almost always used as One Sheets or Movie Posters and the 40” x 60” is the Bus Shelter ad format. But don’t feel limited by the standard poster sizes. Some people like coloring outside the lines and standard poster sizes are just not going to fit their needs. Perfectly fine because any size poster up to 60” wide can be printed and cut to size with our inkjet method to produce your job at SLB Printing, Inc.