Printing graph paper
Graph paper is paper with lines pre-printed on it to form a regular grid. Often used for plotting mathematical
functions or creating technical drawings, there is a huge variety of styles of graph paper available to suit any mathematical, engineering, design or scientific exercise.
Graph paper can be purchased pre-printed in either loose leaf paper or bounded notebooks. However, many
users of graph paper no longer buy it pre-printed and instead print it themselves using one of the many free printable graph paper websites now available that will work with standard printer ink. As well as the chance to
choose from a wide choice of printable formats, there is also the opportunity to generate your own bespoke graph paper with one of the many software programs available on the Internet. Here you can specify the exact style, size and colours required from your graph paper to be printed out as needed with today's high quality laser toners and inkjet printers.
Cartesian graph paper, the most popular form of graph paper used, comes in coarse, fine and extra fine grid styles. It is identified by its two perpendicular sets of lines forming a square grid. A very versatile graph paper, it is very useful for craft projects, layouts, sketching and other non-mathematical projects. Print Free Graph Paper has many options of Cartesian graph paper, available to download in optimized PDF format.
There are so many different styles of graph paper in existence and outlined here is an overview of the options available to you if you want something other than the standard Cartesian variety, along with links for printing them out from the Internet;
Isometric or 3D: A triangular graph paper that uses intersecting 30 degree and 120 degree parallel lines, used for achieving a clear and clean pseudo 3D of an object.
Engineering: Similar to Cartesian graph paper, however, through the use of contrasting line weights, this paper groups the squares into clusters to show distance.
Hexagonal: Uses hexagons instead of squares, used primarily for mapping geometric tiled designs.
Polar: Allows plotting in polar coordinates with its circles divided into small arcs.
Logarithmic: Uses rectangles drawn in varying widths corresponding to logarithmic scales for graphing rapidly increasing or decreasing quantities spread over a wide area.
Probability sheets: With a probability scale along one axis and a linear scale along the other, this paper is commonly used in statistics for graphing variables along a normal distribution.
Print Free Graph Paper also has the option to print all of the graph paper styles outlined above and Incompetech is also a fantastic resource for printing all types of graph paper as well as calendars and writing paper, making the organizing or structuring of any project possible. If you require your own custom sheets of graph paper there is also the possibility to purchase your own Graph Paper Maker. A review of this software can be
found at ATPM.