How can I determine which parent sheet sizes will yield the least amount of waste?

Answered by Suzanne Morgan, founder, Print Buyers

Is there a method of calculating which parent sheet size would yield less waste when determining the quantity of paper to purchase?


Unfortunately, because there are so many variables involved, there is not a simple answer to this question. Some examples of the variables and how they affect the paper quantities are:

These, among many other factors, all contribute to how a piece will be laid out for printing. Since these factors are unique for literally every print project, there is no standard that can be used.

My suggestion would be to speak to your print supplier at the onset of each project to discuss these details (and your goal). If your print runs are low, paper waste will be less of a cost factor but if they are higher in quantity, you can save a great deal of money by taking into consideration all the factors listed above.
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