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How to Size a Digital Planner in Affinity Publisher: The Complete Guide to Planning and Customizing Your Planner

How to Size a Digital Planner in Affinity Publisher: The Complete Guide to Planning and Customizing Your Planner

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Choosing the Perfect Size for Your Digital Planner: A Comprehensive Guide

Struggling to choose the perfect size for your digital planner? Worry not! This article will guide you through the process of how to size a digital planner for your project, using Affinity Publisher as the primary tool. The information provided will be applicable to other tools as well. Plus, don’t miss our free PlannerPizzazz – Planner Creation Checklist to streamline your planning process and ensure you don’t skip a beat. Grab your free resource and let’s dive right into the world of digital planner sizing!

Grasping the Significance of Choosing a Digital Planner Size: A Closer Look

Recognizing the importance of your digital planner’s size is key to ensuring a top-notch experience when creating and using it. The size directly influences several aspects of your planner, making it crucial to choose the right dimensions for a seamless planning experience.

Print Quality for Printable Planners

The size of your digital planner plays a vital role in determining the print quality of printable planners. Although it is possible for your user to resize the document when they print it, the planner looks so much cleaner when it’s designed for the planned print size.

Selecting the correct size ensures that your planner will be printed with sharp, clear text and images, making it easier for users to read and interact with the content. A well-sized planner also avoids problems like content getting cut off or misaligned during printing, ensuring a professional and polished final product.

Display Quality for Digital Planners

For digital planners, the size significantly impacts display quality on various devices. Choosing the right size helps ensure that your planner looks sharp and crisp on screens of different sizes and resolutions.

And importantly prevents that annoying need to adjust the page to see the entire planner page.

This makes it easier for users to navigate your planner, read the content, and enjoy a seamless digital planning experience.

Preventing User Pain Points

Selecting the right size for your digital planner can help eliminate pain points that might otherwise arise during the creation and usage process.

By choosing the appropriate dimensions, you can avoid issues like misaligned content, poor print quality, or display problems on different devices.

This leads to a smoother overall experience, both for you as the creator and for your users. And this is what we all want!

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Paper Planner Sizes: Key Dimensions and Measurements

To help you make an informed decision, here are some common planner sizes in inches and their corresponding digital dimensions:

  1. A4 (8.27 x 11.69 inches): 2480 x 3508 pixels
  2. A5 (5.83 x 8.27 inches): 1748 x 2480 pixels
  3. Letter (8.5 x 11 inches): 2550 x 3300 pixels
  4. Half Letter (5.5 x 8.5 inches): 1650 x 2550 pixels
  5. Personal (3.74 x 6.73 inches): 1122 x 2018 pixels

The best sizes to use are those that we can easily print if you are creating a planner that will be printed at home.

In reality, the first four items on our list above have paper that can be easily purchased and will print on a home or office printer. And both A5 and Half Letter can be easily made from A4 and Letter paper.

Consequently, A4, A5, Letter, and Half Letter are the best sizes for both printable and digital planners because this allows the planners to be used in either format.

This is important if you want to create a base planner that you design to be both a paper planner and a digital planner. This is totally possible if you choose your base size carefully and use facing pages in Affinity Publisher.

Setting Up Your Document in Affinity Publisher

Now that you’re familiar with common planner sizes, let’s learn how to set up your document in Affinity Publisher:

  1. Open Affinity Publisher and create a new document.
  2. Select the “Print” or “Web” preset depending on your intended use.
  3. Choose the desired dimensions from the list or enter custom dimensions.
  4. Set the DPI (Dots Per Inch) to 300 for print or 72 for digital use.

For a detailed step-by-step guide, visit the Affinity Publisher QuickStart tutorial.

Choosing the Right Size for Popular Digital Planner Platforms

Different digital planner platforms have unique size requirements. Here’s a quick guide to help you choose the right size for some popular platforms:


For GoodNotes, built-in templates have a 4:3 aspect ratio, making the following dimensions ideal:

  1. iPad (9.7-inch): 2048 x 1536 pixels
  2. iPad (10.5-inch): 2224 x 1668 pixels
  3. iPad (12.9-inch): 2732 x 2048 pixels

Our GoodNotes planners are set up with pages that are letter size for the portrait planner and half sheet for the landscape planner.


For Keynote, the standard aspect ratio is 4:3 or 16:9. However, custom dimensions can be entered as well. Consider using the same dimensions as those recommended for GoodNotes, adjusting as needed for your specific device or preference.

Converting Pixels to Inches (Side note)

I personally prefer to size my planners in inches. So this requires a little math. Don’t let it scare you! I use an online calculator to do the math… yes even the math major prefers a calculator.

When you set up your document in Affinity Publisher or Keynote you can set the DPI. In order to switch the Affinity publisher document to inches so that it matches GoodNote screen size you will need to know the DPI in your settings.

The best practice for digital planners is a minimum DPI of 96. A printable planner should have a DPI of 300.

Armed with this info you can use the calculator and get the correct size for you.

Printable vs. Digital Planner Sizes: Which Is Best?

When deciding between printable and digital planner sizes, consider your primary use:

  1. If you plan on printing your planner, opt for standard paper sizes like A4, A5, Letter, or Half Letter.
  2. If you’re creating a digital planner for use on a specific device, choose dimensions that match the device’s screen resolution or aspect ratio.
  3. If you plan on creating both a printable and digital planner from your planner project, then make sure to opt for stand paper sizes (and set your DPI to 300).

Portrait vs. Landscape Digital Planner Sizes: Picking Your Orientation

When embarking on your digital planner creation journey, it’s important to consider the planner’s orientation. Should you opt for landscape or horizontal? Here are a few guiding factors to help you make an informed decision:

Content Orientation: A Perfect Fit

Evaluate the type of content you’ll be incorporating into your planner and determine which orientation best accommodates it. Consider whether a portrait or landscape layout will better showcase your content.

For example, a daily planner may lend itself well to a portrait layout because you can have a schedule and a habit tracker, and notes on a single page.

However, a time-blocking weekly planner tends to work better and provides more room to work on a 2-page layout. For digital planning, this is where a landscape layout is definitely a better choice.

Device Compatibility: Smooth Sailing

It’s essential to think about your intended device when deciding on your planner’s orientation. Which option provides a better user experience and seamless display on your chosen device?

If you are creating a personal planner you will have a good idea of the device, but creating a planner to sell requires a little guesswork.

It’s better to create a design that will work on either all devices (the smaller page size) or create different layouts for different size devices.

Personal Preference: Trust Your Instincts

Lastly, let your personal preferences guide you. Which orientation resonates with your aesthetic sensibilities and feels more comfortable to use?

Keep these factors in mind as you choose the ideal orientation for your digital planner.

Master Pages Magic: Flexibility at Your Fingertips

Affinity Publisher’s master pages and facing pages features are like a secret weapon in your digital planner toolkit. These powerful tools allow you to easily switch between printable and digital planner outputs and effortlessly transition between landscape and portrait orientations.

By utilizing single or two-page layouts, you can create a versatile planner design that adapts to both print and tablet displays. In fact, half-letter portrait and landscape sizes offer a great balance between compatibility and design flexibility. Plus, resizing your design to letter size is a simple task once your digital planner is complete.

Armed with these insights, you’re all set to craft a fun and functional digital planner that’s uniquely yours!

Creative Designer Sizing A Digital Planner With Affinity Publisher
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Achieving Consistency Across Platforms

To ensure a consistent experience for users across various devices and platforms, you’ll want to:

  1. Choose dimensions that closely match the most common screen resolutions or aspect ratios.
  2. Opt for responsive design elements that adapt to different screen sizes.
  3. Test your digital planner on multiple devices to verify its appearance and functionality.

This is especially important if you’re making the planner to sell in your shop, as you’ll want to provide the best possible experience for your customers. To help you streamline the planner creation process and make sure you’ve got everything covered, we recommend using our free resource, PlannerPizzazz – Planner Creation Checklist!

With PlannerPizzazz, you’ll have a step-by-step guide that covers all the essential elements of creating an eye-catching and functional digital planner. From sizing and design considerations to platform compatibility and testing, PlannerPizzazz ensures you won’t miss any crucial steps in crafting the perfect planner.

By incorporating PlannerPizzazz into your planning process, you’ll not only save time and effort but also create a product that stands out in your shop and keeps customers coming back for more. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to elevate your digital planner game – grab your free PlannerPizzazz – Planner Creation Checklist today!

Customizing Your Digital Planner in Affinity Publisher

Once you’ve chosen the perfect size for your digital planner, you can begin customizing it in Affinity Publisher. Here are some tips to help you create a stunning planner:

  1. Use Master Pages to maintain consistency throughout your planner.
  2. Experiment with different fonts, colors, and icons to enhance the design.
  3. Add interactive elements like hyperlinks to improve usability.

Get ready to embark on a thrilling adventure with Affinity Publisher as your trusty sidekick for crafting digital planners! Dive into our delightful collection of posts that expertly guide you through the magical realm of planner creation using this spectacular tool. We’re on a mission to bring you the juiciest details and niftiest tricks to help you master Affinity Publisher and create planners that’ll leave your friends green with envy. So, buckle up, fellow planner enthusiasts, and let’s explore the wonders of Affinity Publisher together!

How To Size Digital Planners

Final Thoughts: Embrace Experimentation

Choosing the perfect size for your digital planner may seem daunting, but with the right guidance and experimentation, you can create a planner that suits your needs and preferences. Use this article as a starting point and don’t be afraid to explore different sizes and orientations.

By understanding the significance of planner size, mastering document setup in Affinity Publisher, and considering the requirements of various platforms and devices, you’ll be well on your way to crafting the ideal digital planner. Happy planning!

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