It’s such a simple task to those that know-how. But what if you don’t know? What about if you have no idea what size or scale you need to print your drawings at?

Typically a drawing will have some sort of indication as to what the scale is, i.e. 1:100, 1:50, 1:10 etc. Better still a drawing may state the paper size. Sometimes the paper size is stated in the title of a specific area of the drawing, or it may be noted in the title block. Look for text such as ‘this is an A1 drawing’ or 1:100 @ A1.


Example of a drawing title block showing scale


Printing to the correct paper size.

When you know the paper size of your drawings, it becomes straightforward to get them printed to the correct scale.

Next visit and upload all your PDF files to be printed.

Once you have uploaded your PDF files, you can choose the paper size. The paper size should correlate to the paper size shown on the drawings title block. Usually this will be an A0, A1, A2, or A3 size drawing.


Selecting the paper size


Do not tick the ‘scale to fit’ option if you want correctly scaled prints. You should only use the ‘scale to fit’ option when you would like to enlarge or reduce your drawing to a different paper size. Also note, that drawings scaled to fit will not allow the correct scaling by the intended end user. When printing with ‘scaled to fit’ selected, drawings should be used for reference, and only figured dimensions used.


A0 A1 A2 A3 A4 paper sizes


You should now have a basic understanding of printing drawings to scale. If you have any queries, questions or just generally still confused about printing your plans to scale, do not hesitate to get in touch. If you feel ready to get ordering, just click the Order Now button below.