How to Check PDF Dimensions


Checking page size, orientation, and margins in your PDF files

How to Check Dimensions of a PDF File

Without knowing the dimensions of your artwork, the ordering process is pretty much a guessing game. If you pick the wrong format, your order will be delayed, and that is something none of us want. It is therefore very important to know the correct dimensions of your artwork so you can place your order correctly the first time.

Adobe Acrobat Reader

One way of checking the dimensions of artwork saved in pdf format is to download Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is FREE of charge and doesn’t take long. Once downloaded, simply open your pdf file in Adobe Acrobat Reader, press Ctrl+D or File > Properties (Document Properties). And voilà! In the Advanced Information section, you will find ‘Page size’. Now, if you want to know your dimensions in units other than inches, simply convert it (1 inch -> 2.54 cm).

Depending on what computer you have, your standard PDF viewer might differ. For those with Foxit PhantomPDF (if you don’t have it, you can easily download a free trial online), the same procedure applies as in Adobe Acrobat Reader. Simply open your file, then either manually go to File Properties or just press Ctrl+D.


Before you decide to place your order, make sure that your artwork includes the necessary safety margins and bleed. Artwork files that already include bleed will always have slightly larger dimensions (+0.6cm in width and +0.6cm in height) than the final product, which is normal! For example, if you want business cards in the dimension 9x5cm, your artwork file’s dimensions should be 9.6x5.6cm, which includes a bleed of 0.3cm on each side of the card. Similarly, if you notice that your business card artwork file has the dimensions 9.6x5.6cm, it means that you need to order the standard business card format 9x5cm.

To check whether your artwork files include bleed, you will have to talk to your designer, or in case you have designed the artwork yourself...think back and remember if you added 0.3 cm on each side of your artwork.