Guide To Setting Up A5 Files For Print

7th May 2019 Printing


The smallest sheet size we print on at Image Science is A4, but with the correct file prep you can also order the much snugglier A5 size too. To do this you'll need to prepare your files 'two up' on a single A4 page, we'll then print and guillotine them into two A5 sheets.


(Thankyou to the wonderful Aviva Kalagas for supplying her artwork to illustrate this guide!).

How to Prepare A5 print files

Download our new A5 template for setting up your files here, and set up 2 images per A4 sized print file (taking into account our print margins).

Please note that the margins that apply for an A4 page do restrict the printable area to a smaller proportion of the page for each A5 than on the larger A-Standard sizes. So please double check your margins when downsizing files already set up at A4 , A3, A2 etc.

Don’t forget to allow the correct amount of white space in the middle of the A4-sized print file to achieve even borders on each side of your A5 prints! You can also place different A5 images on either side of your A4 page setups.

If you’re not confident setting up your own files we’re always happy to help via our $5 basic file setup service too.

Download our A5 template and open it in Adobe Photoshop to view and set up the printable area for each A5 print.
Download our A5 template and open it in Adobe Photoshop to view and set up the printable area for each A5 print.
Place your image within the two boxes designating the printable area on each A5 (NB: if you print to the middle you will lose even borders).
Place your image within the two boxes designating the printable area on each A5 (NB: if you print to the middle you will lose even borders).

Place your order & upload your files

Once your files are print-ready upload them here, then head over to the orders page and enter how many A4 sheets you’ll use – i.e. one A4 sheet for each pair of A5 prints.

Let us know in the comments section of your order that you’re printing A5s and we’ll guillotine each A4 sheet into two A5s free of charge and supply them in A5-sized archival plastic sleeves.

Images correctly sized to A5, printed 'two up' on an A4 page.
Images correctly sized to A5, printed 'two up' on an A4 page.
Guillotining an A4 down to two A5 sheets with a single cut.
Guillotining an A4 down to two A5 sheets with a single cut.
Two A5 sheets after guillotining.
Two A5 sheets after guillotining.