Formula

pc = pt / 12

Quick Rough Maths

To get the Picas, divide the number of Points by 12.0

Points (pt) in 1 Pica

There are 12 Points in 1 Pica

Picas (pc) in 1 Point

There are 0.08 Picas in 1 Point

Symbol: **pt**

Unit System: Typography

Unit System: Typography

The point is a unit of length in the field of typography and uses the symbol pt.

It is the smallest unit in the world of typography. There are 12 points in a pica.

In physical printing methods / press systems, the point size is the height of the metal press body on which the font's letters are made. When applied to the digital type space, letters are designed around a theoretical size, an em square which is scaled to the relative point size (when specified of course!).

Symbol: **pc**

Unit System: Typography

Unit System: Typography

The pica is a unit of length in the field of typography and uses the symbol pc.

There are 12 points in 1 pica. 1 pica represents approximately 1/6 of an inch.

Picas are expressed using numbers and a lower case p on software such as Adobe InDesign - for example 8p6 which would represent 8 picas and 6 points (or 8.5 picas).

The Pica is very useful in measuring and calculating the space needed to print letters and words on paper - for example when laying out books or magazine articles; the font lengths are quanitified by the number of characters per pica (cpp).

10pt = 0.83pc

20pt = 1.67pc

30pt = 2.5pc

40pt = 3.33pc

50pt = 4.17pc

60pt = 5pc

70pt = 5.83pc

80pt = 6.67pc

90pt = 7.5pc

100pt = 8.33pc

110pt = 9.17pc

120pt = 10pc

130pt = 10.83pc

140pt = 11.67pc

150pt = 12.5pc

160pt = 13.33pc

170pt = 14.17pc

180pt = 15pc

190pt = 15.83pc

200pt = 16.67pc

210pt = 17.5pc

220pt = 18.33pc

230pt = 19.17pc

240pt = 20pc

260pt = 21.67pc

270pt = 22.5pc

280pt = 23.33pc

290pt = 24.17pc

300pt = 25pc

310pt = 25.83pc

320pt = 26.67pc

330pt = 27.5pc

340pt = 28.33pc

350pt = 29.17pc

360pt = 30pc

370pt = 30.83pc

380pt = 31.67pc

390pt = 32.5pc

400pt = 33.33pc

410pt = 34.17pc

420pt = 35pc

430pt = 35.83pc

440pt = 36.67pc

450pt = 37.5pc

460pt = 38.33pc

470pt = 39.17pc

480pt = 40pc

490pt = 40.83pc

510pt = 42.5pc

520pt = 43.33pc

530pt = 44.17pc

540pt = 45pc

550pt = 45.83pc

560pt = 46.67pc

570pt = 47.5pc

580pt = 48.33pc

590pt = 49.17pc

600pt = 50pc

610pt = 50.83pc

620pt = 51.67pc

630pt = 52.5pc

640pt = 53.33pc

650pt = 54.17pc

660pt = 55pc

670pt = 55.83pc

680pt = 56.67pc

690pt = 57.5pc

700pt = 58.33pc

710pt = 59.17pc

720pt = 60pc

730pt = 60.83pc

740pt = 61.67pc

760pt = 63.33pc

770pt = 64.17pc

780pt = 65pc

790pt = 65.83pc

800pt = 66.67pc

810pt = 67.5pc

820pt = 68.33pc

830pt = 69.17pc

840pt = 70pc

850pt = 70.83pc

860pt = 71.67pc

870pt = 72.5pc

880pt = 73.33pc

890pt = 74.17pc

900pt = 75pc

910pt = 75.83pc

920pt = 76.67pc

930pt = 77.5pc

940pt = 78.33pc

950pt = 79.17pc

960pt = 80pc

970pt = 80.83pc

980pt = 81.67pc

990pt = 82.5pc