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What Are the Most Common Standard Poster Sizes?

By: Shelby

Standard Poster Size

There are a lot of requests made on Google Search for “What is the Most Common Standard Poster Size?”  Here’s the answer!  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 at SLB Printing, Inc. for common posters that print on our wide format latex inkjet printers. By no means is this the complete list of sizes. Review the chart below for a complete list of standard size for a poster , print methods and common “also known as” names used.

Standard Poster Sizes

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
   46” x 67”    (1168mm x 1702mm)       Inkjet only      Bus Shelter, Bus Stop or Subway Poster

Standard Poster Sizes from Movie poster to flyer and all common sizes in between.

Common Poster Sizes – click image to enlarge

Printing sizes for standard size picture frames

SLB Printing recommends using the standard poster sizes in order to help keep your costs down when it comes to finding premade frames.  However, custom sizes are no problem to print!

Since all the sizes above are printed using our inkjet equipment that 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 quantity of bulk order posters, we will use our conventional offset print method. When you need a poster printed in 1 work day or less, we will use our environmentally friendly latex inkjet method when the job requires sizes over 13” x 19” or our digital method for 13” x 19” or smaller posters sizes.

What standard size 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. Therefore, these are used as handouts. 11” x 17” and 12” x 18” posters can be used for promotional give-a-ways. The next two sizes are 16” x 20” and 18” x 24”.  They get the work for portraits and smaller window ads. Stepping up to the 24” x 36” size is when you need a large poster. After that, the 27” x 39” and 27” x 40” are almost always used as One Sheets or Movie Posters.  Last but not least, the 40” x 60” is a Bus Shelter ad format. 

Above all, we don’t want you to 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. That’s perfectly fine with us 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.

Same Day Printing for Any Poster Size up to 60″ Wide

When searching for poster printing near me, SLB Printing usually tops of the list in Los Angeles for same day poster printing. Our numerous 5 Star reviews, quality and service is what keeps us at the top. Call us today for your movie poster, or any other type of poster, printing needs. Learn more about paper and VDP options for printing standard poster sizes by visiting our product page. Click here for the POSTERS product page!

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