Metallic Hang Tags

Products Stand Out With Metallic Hang Tag Printing

Metallic hang tag printing keeps your branding attached to your retail products for instant credibility. Our numerous options allow you to create unique, visually stunning metallic hang tags that are poised to steal anyone’s attention.

Tough and Pretty

Our 16 pt. cardstock offering combines ruggedness with luxury.

  • Tough cardstock that will not bend easily
  • Half the thickness of a credit card
  • Matches well with premium retail products

Good to Know: You can add pre-drilled holes for ribbons or strings

To Coat or Not to Coat

You can choose to add high-gloss UV coating or leave your metallic print hang tags with the standard gloss coating. Here’s the difference:

  • Gloss Coating keeps things simple. Choose this option if you intend to write on your hang tags.
  • High-Gloss UV Coating (one or both sides) adds a layer of protection against dust and fingerprints. Results in a highly reflective surface.

Another Way to Stand Out

For added flair, you can opt for Spot UV and pinpoint design elements you want your customers to focus on.

  • Spot UV is a special coating applied to a specific part of your design
  • Make logos and other details stand out by making them extra glossy
  • Use on font sizes larger than 9 pt.


How big is the hole drilling?
  • The holes are â??” in diameter.
What’s the most popular metallic print hang tag size and shape?
  • Most people order square hang tags with 2” x 2” being the most popular size.
Can you explain turnaround for me?
  • Turnaround is the number of days it takes to print your hang tags. Holidays and weekends are not counted. It does not include shipping time.
Are strings included when the hang tags?
  • No. Strings are not included.
Can I add handwritten notes on your hang tags?
  • Yes, our uncoated option makes it easy to jot down notes smudge-free.

Metallic Printing File Requirements

Keep in mind the following file requirements below as you create a design using our downloadable templates:

  1. The font size should be a minimum of 7 or 8 points. Avoid printing small text or fine lines in metallic.
  2. Border and stroke must be more than 1.5 points.
  3. Images and artwork should be at least 300 DPI.
  4. All files should be in CMYK color mode.

How to Prepare Your Design for Metallic Printing

  1. Apply metallic printing on lighter colors. The effect won’t be as apparent in darker colors.
  2. Create two layers to distinguish the elements printed in ink from the elements with metallic printing. Both files should have the same size.
    1. The regular CMYK layer shows which elements are printed in ink. Apply 15% K on the area that will be printed in metallic color.
    2. The metallic printing layer only shows the elements that will appear as metallic. The element(s) that will be printed in metallic colors should have the same location as seen on the CMYK layer. Apply 100% K on the metallic area and white on the areas with no metallic printing.
    3. The images below show the difference between the two layers:

  3. Alignment is crucial to the file preparation process. The CMYK and metallic printing layers should both have the same size. Common elements must be in the same position on both layers.
  4. Check for a white "halo" around the knockout area or where two colors overlap on the layer. To prevent this effect on the CMYK layer, grow or stroke the metallic area in mask by 1 point. This allows the metallic silver to blend with the CMYK area, which reduces the appearance of a halo. Alternatively, you can add more color to the knockout area to reduce the halo effect.

How to Add Spot UV Elements to Your Artwork

You can also print artwork with both metallic and spot UV elements.

This requires a third layer that shows the spot UV areas, which you can create through the following steps:

  1. Apply a 100% K to the areas with spot UV printing.
  2. Make sure the spot UV layer has the exact same size as the CMYK and metallic printing layers.
  3. On the CMYK layer, add a 1/16” gap between the spot UV and metallic areas.

Metallic Hang Tag Templates

Our layout templates will show you how to format your artwork. This ensures your hang tags print correctly. Follow the steps below to prepare your product for metallic printing:

  1. Create two layers on your file.
  2. The first layer shows the design in regular CMYK color.
  3. The second layer shows which areas will be printed in metallic. Color all portions for metallic printing in 100% K. All other sections that will be printed in regular CMYK should be colored white.

View Metallic Hang Tags Layout Templates

Need help with our layout templates?
Please refer to our guided layout instructions.

Metallic Hang Tag Printing Tips

Here are a few reminders on creating an effective metallic print hang tag design for your retail items.

  • Put your logo front and center – Make it easy for customers to identify your brand.
  • Add Spot UV – This special coating makes specific elements stand out.
  • Use a font size larger than 9 pt. – Anything smaller and it will be harder to read.

Include website information – Tell customers where they can find you.

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