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Sheets vs. Pages FAQ

How are the number of pages in a document counted?

booklet illustrationSometimes there is confusion about the difference between what is a sheet of paper and what is a page. They are not the same. For example, the booklet on the left has two sheets of paper that are folded and saddle stitched (stapled) along the fold, joining together the folded sheets. This booklet contains eight pages.

The images below show how the printing industry counts the number of pages in a document. If you have questions about the number of pages in your project, use Contact Us in the menu above.





Sheets vs. Pages Illustration

one sheet equals two pages One Sheet, Two Pages
A single sheet of paper has two sides. Each side is considered one page. So a sheet of paper is two pages.
one sheet turned into four pages One Sheet Folded, Four Pages
A sheet folded in two is a four page document. Page one is the front cover, page two is the inside front, page three is the facing page, and page four is the back cover.
two folded sheets is eight pages Two Folded Sheets, Eight Pages
Two folded sheets that are nested together are an eight page document.