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Chapter 1. The Basics > Picas and points

Picas and points

A pica is the standard unit of measure used in the graphic arts. Six picas equals 1 inch; 1 pica equals 12 points. Picas and points can be combined in the same entry field. For example, to indicate four picas and six points, you would enter “4p6.”

Regardless of the current measurement units, points are always used to measure type sizes, leading, rule widths, frame widths, and line widths.


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