Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Printing Process- Letterpress

How it looks.
Your type or image will be indented into the paper. Using a raised surface printing plate or type, the depth of the resulting "bite" will vary depending upon the type of paper. Thicker, softer papers will carry a deeper impression than hard or thin papers.

Usually you don't want to print a photograph or fine dot screen by letterpress. Most papers you want to print on will cause images to look a bit muddy. Metalic inks, such as silver or gold, do not print shiny on most papers. If metallic is a priority, check out foil stamping.

The raised surface of the plate can be achieved by a number of means, such as handset type, wood carving or engraving, or, most commonly, photoengraving.

All of the above information can be found
There is also a six minute documentary on
that portrays the passion its handlers have for printing with the letterpress and if you are interested in Letterpressing or knowing even more about it
is a good place to go.

A company that sells Letterpress cards etc. is
I would use Letterpress for any special event because of its qualities. Receiving an invitation that has fine, raised lettering and design seems more special than one that could have been printed off of a home printer.

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