Poster sizes

Find out the size and design that will make them give your Canva poster a second look.

Smallest8.5 × 11 in
Small11 × 17 in
Medium18 × 24 in
Large24 × 36 in
Movie27 × 40 in
Bus Stop40 × 60 in

Whether you’re creating posters for a gig, a show, a product, a service, a campaign, or purely for a decorative purposes, you need to consider a lot of things when setting up your poster. One important factor is how big do you want it to be?

Posters come in many sizes – from the small A4 celebrity posters ripped from magazines to the huge bus stop sized posters that are nearly as tall as you. It’s thus important to determine how big or small you want it so you can make the biggest possible impact.

Poster sizes and their common uses


Commonly used for street posts, handouts, information desk areas, A4 posters are ideal for smaller projects.


Commonly used for bulletin boards, events, concerts and promotions, it is a better alternative for outside use than an A4. It is also easy and relatively cheap to produce in bulk, but large enough to catch the eye.


Commonly used for small adverts, small displays, campaign posters and celebrity posters. It is ideal for visually-based designs as it is neither too big or too small.


Commonly used for decorative imagery, events, concerts, small movie posters, outdoor advertising and outdoor venue posters. It is a most common standard poster size most frequently used for decorative purposes and ideal for displaying large eye-catching designs.

Movie Poster 

As the name suggests, it is commonly used for movie posters, character posters, collectable vintage prints and large decorative posters. It is a standardized size perfect to house a combination of striking film titles, credits, movie information, and a compelling visual.

Bus Stop Poster 

Commonly used for advertisements, promotions, events and, films, it allows space for big, strong typography and impactful visuals to get the attention of passersby.

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