Design Considerations for Tissue Paper

Our Tissue Papers are printed offset and exclusively use Pantone coated inks. Below are some important guidelines to consider when creating a design for Tissue Paper. 

General Setup

We recommend a pattern (repeatable design) due to the increased probability of shift and tilt that is inherent in the product.

Small Logos or Patterns Your logo or pattern must be submitted in a 5" x 5" PDF file (preferred file format) where the image is centered on the page or the pattern is designed to be seamless all around (when repeated throughout the tissue paper). Keep in mind that a member from our Prepress department will tile your artwork as part of the proofing process, so ensure your file is set up correctly before ordering.

Large Images or Illustrations If your image or illustration is larger than 5" x 5", you must supply your file in the actual size you are ordering, with the addition of 0.5” bleed on all four sides. 

Fine Detail

The finest detail we recommend is 0.25pt line-weight; however, please note that light colors or lines that are not solid (such as dotted lines) should be made thicker.


Due to the unique nature of this product, shifting and tilting may occur, causing the position of the artwork on the final product to differ from what is seen in your proof.  


  • All artwork must be submitted in the Pantone coated color(s) you want to use for your design. If no Pantone color is defined, we will print the tissue paper with Pantone Neutral Black C.

  • Almost any Pantone coated color is acceptable for Tissue Paper; however, neon colors will need to be requested as a custom order by submitting a Custom Print Quote form.

  • Due to the translucent quality of the paper, you can only print a design on one side. Darker colors will be more easily seen through the back side of the paper. Additionally, a flood of color or high ink coverage is not acceptable. Only repeated patterns will work well. 

Vector Files 

It is highly recommended that your design is provided in vector format; however, high resolution raster files can also be accepted.


Regular orders placed for 2 color designs will not include registration. This means there needs to be at least 0.125" space between the different colors. Registered designs can be requested through a Custom Quotation form for an additional cost. See Registered Tissue Paper  for further information.


Bleed is the artwork that extends past the trim line or finished size of your product. If any element of your artwork is designed to be printed to the edge, it must be extended past the trim line and into the bleed area by a minimum of 0.5".  

The addition of bleed compensates for uncontrollable shifts that occur during the printing and trimming process; and ensures that any content touching the edges does not leave unwanted gaps or borders. See: What is bleed?


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