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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 industry. 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 4 picas and 6 points, you would enter “4p6.”

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


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