Onion Skin

Onion skin refers to a type of very thin, lightweight, and translucent paper used in printing and writing. It is known for its delicate texture and durability despite its thinness, making it ideal for specific applications such as carbon copies, overlays, and tracings.


Transparent paper


  1. Drafting and Tracing: Architects and designers often use onion skin paper for tracing over their sketches and blueprints due to its transparency and smooth surface.
  2. Carbon Copies: Onion skin paper is commonly used in carbon copy forms, allowing multiple copies to be created simultaneously while maintaining legibility and minimal bulk.
  3. Typewriting: Writers and typists sometimes use onion skin paper for drafts because it is lightweight and easy to store, yet durable enough to withstand multiple edits and handling.


  • Handling: Handle onion skin paper with care to avoid tearing or crumpling, as its thin nature makes it more delicate than standard paper.
  • Storage: Store onion skin paper in a cool, dry place to prevent it from becoming brittle or discolored over time.
  • Printing Settings: When printing on onion skin paper, use lower ink or toner settings to prevent bleed-through and ensure crisp, clear text and images.
  • Use for Overlays: Utilize onion skin paper for overlays in design projects to test different layouts and designs without permanently altering the original work.
  • Typewriter Use: If using a typewriter, adjust the tension settings to accommodate the thinness of onion skin paper, ensuring smooth, uninterrupted typing.

Onion skin paper's unique properties make it an excellent choice for specialized applications where transparency, lightness, and durability are required. To learn more about this or other types of paper used in print, contact AP&B today!