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A tracing paper roll is perfect for both detailed plans and rough sketches. And if you’re looking for a place to buy quality tracing paper for professional products, Engineer Supply has everything you need. Feel free to look at what we have in our store, so you can find a product that’s right for you!

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Paper is an essential tool for drafting, but there are some questions you should ask before you make a decision. Is it a doodle, a sketch, or final drawing? And do you want grids on the paper? Final drawings need to be done on archival quality paper, so the image endures and the paper stays crisp for many years. The paper also needs to contrast well with the pen or pencil that you plan to use, and it needs to be firm so it doesn’t bend easily. This will keep the drawings intact for a longer period of time. If you’re drawing with an erasable medium, it needs to stand up well. Streaks, ghost lines, smudges, and tears need to be minimized. There are many types of drafting paper, and all of them can work with either graphite or ink.


A compass is a technical tool that can be used to draw circles and arcs, while a straightedge can help you to draw consistently straight lines (which is why it's one of the most important tools for drafting). Architects and engineers will use a scale to draw something very large or very small, and they will use an eraser to make corrections when necessary. For model-making, you’ll need something to cut, cut on, and cut with. And French curves are templates that are made of curved edges and scroll-shaped cutouts. There are several types of drafting paper. And if you plan to hand-letter, you can use a lettering guide to keep it a consistent size. There are a lot of options when it comes to writing tools, which use either graphite or ink.

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Despite the growing availability of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software, many architects and engineers choose to draw by hand. And at Engineer Supply, we can give you access to high-quality tracing paper as well as many other products that can help you make quality drawings. We work with some of the best manufacturers in the industry, and we can offer them to you at a reasonable price. That’s why we’re one of the best choices for purchasing large-format paper products online. Feel free to look at what we have in stock, so you can find a product that will meet your specific needs.


Whether you’re looking for tracing paper or any other paper product used for drawing, you can find what you need at Engineer Supply. We have a variety of products from top-rated brands, and all of them are built with the professional in mind. We want to give you what you need to do your job, which is why we’re committed to only giving you quality items. Be sure to look at what we have in our store, so you can find the right type of paper for your specific needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is tracing paper?

Tracing paper is meant to have a low opacity, so light can pass through it. It was originally meant for architects and design engineers to create drawings that can be precisely copied. But since then, it has been found to have other uses. The paper’s transparency is achieved by carefully selecting raw materials and implementing processes for creating a certain level of opacity. Cellulose fiber often serves as the basis for tracing paper roll, which typically comes from wood but can also come from cotton fiber. It can also have other filler materials that can enhance its opacity and print quality. To create any type of translucent paper, any materials that can obstruct the transmission of light needs to be removed.

Can tracing paper be recycled?

There are types of large tracing paper and translucent writing products that are made of nothing but pure cellulose fiber without any added chemicals, and these products are completely recyclable. You can also buy recycled tracing paper, which you can also purchase at Engineer Supply.

When was tracing paper invented?

The earliest manufacturer of tracing paper was in 1862, which served as an important commodity for professionals. But the National Archives has a map that was done on beaten tracing paper, which dates back to the 1820’s. It was originally meant for architects and engineers, but it has since found to have other uses.

Where can I buy tracing paper?

Engineer Supply has a broad selection of large tracing paper and tracing paper roll from some of the best manufacturers on the market, and you can purchase them at a reasonable price. Feel free to look at what we have in our store, so you can find the right type of paper for your specific needs.

What is tracing paper made out of?

Tracing paper is typically made of cellulose fiber, which can come from either wood or cotton. And in many cases, it will have other filler materials that are used to improve its transparency and print quality. For this type of paper to be effective, it’s necessary to remove anything that can obstruct the transmission of light. Feel free to look at the broad selection we have at Engineer Supply. We’re sure you’ll be able to find a product that will meet your specific needs.

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