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Letterpress

The discovery of true craftsmanship...


You instinctively want to touch a letterpress piece. Turn it over in your hands, run your fingers over the deep impression left in the soft yet raw to touch card thatís thicker than youíve ever felt before. It kind of feels like a reverse braille.


Thatís our 100% double-thick 600gsm cotton paper we import directly from the mill in USA which is specifically designed for modern letterpress. Itís light, fluffy, textural and allows for an extra-deep impression we strive for.


HOW DO I ORDER LETTERPRESS PRINTING?


Our letterpress printing services are Trade Only.
This is because we are not a design house, we just print your beautiful designs. There is a bit of knowledge and skill required to produce artwork suitable for letterpress so we suggest getting in contact with a professional designer to create your design.

If you are up to the challenge and are able to supply us press ready artwork as per our design guidelines, send us a request here (along with your artwork PDF and printing requirements). We will let you know if your artwork is suitable and quote the job up for you.

If you're a Graphic Designer or Corporate Business and want to know more about our specialist Trade Printing Services,
find out here.



HOW WE LETTERPRESS

You canít rush a letterpress job...It takes skill, time, lots of tweeking and a perfectionistís eye to get it right. You see, letterpress printing is not an exact science, but an art which dates back to the mid 15th century. Originally each line of type was Ďsetí using individual metal or wooden type, these days most print shops use photopolymer or magnesium plates, which are made using a photographic & wash out process.This washes away the areas with no print and leaves the print area reversed and risen to 'type high' - .918 inches. This plate process allows for many different fonts and designs to be created.


Our inks are expertly mixed by hand with recipes provided by the Pantone Matching System (PMS). The plate is then positioned and ink is applied to the rollers - a little at a time so as not to over-ink the plate. Test prints are run and fine adjustments are made to ensure the exact position, until the ink coverage and type impression depth are just right before the expert is satisfied and runs the job. The machine is then 'washed up' of any ink that may contaminate the next colour.†


This careful and patient process is repeated for each colour laid down on the sheet.


Once the press run is complete, itís left to dry, often overnight, Once printed, a die-cut cutting forme of the finished shape and size is mounted into another chase on another Heidelberg T Platen Letterpress machine. Test sheets are once again used to check the precise cutting position before the finished size is crisply trimmed to its finished size, presented for final quality checks before being shipped off to our client.




COMBINING THE OLD WITH THE NEW

Todayís designers are combining the full colour and intricate possibilities of digital printing with traditional deep-impression letterpress.


To achieve this mix, there needs to be a compromise on stock choices. Depending on the design, we would suggest printing on either:

  • Crane 300gsm 100% cotton - still soft, but will go through our digital press. As itís not as thick, the impression cannot be as pronounced.

  • Colorplan 350gsm - gives a smooth surface for more intricate digital printing, but a little harder so the impression is not as deep.


We can print on many other stocks, just check if the paper option youíre after is available when you place your order.