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Old 08-05-2005, 12:22 PM   #1
Michael Rowley
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Default Plan for a magazine grid

I'm trying to plan a grid for a magazine in A4 format. The dimensions are all in millimetres (except for the type sizes, which are in points). The grid has 72 rectangles (6 × 12), each 25 mm wide, 15 mm deep; these are separated by five 5-mm vertical strips and eleven horizontal 6-mm strips.

The idea is to be able to fit in any illustration (as long as it's rectangular), either in portrait or landscape form. The text (11.5 pt Minion Pro leaded to 5 mm or 9 pt leaded to 4 mm) will be in two or three columns.

How well would these dimensions suit the commoner sizes of photograph? You can work out the dimensions: for instance, a quarter page illustration would be 85 mm × 120 mm.

The print area would be 185 mm × 246 mm, leaving margins 12 mm, 20 mm, 23 mm, & 31 mm, going clockwise from the inside margin.

   
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