Keen to reproduce an ancient design from a digital file? Or send a unique invitation that puts the class into classic? Maybe you need to give a whisky label that authentic touch. Charming and elegant, letterpress is currently enjoying a resurgence and is an art in its own right, with skills passed down through generations.
The gratifying physical placement of type and its subsequent impression onto paper, is admired by the hobbyist and wedding planner alike, and a specialist printer ensures the ink simply ‘kisses’ the paper – barely impressing the paper, and leaving a slightly uneven coverage of ink so no two copies are ever the same.
It’s the crisp definition of text, combined with these slight imperfections that many brands are looking for – symbols of care, craftsmanship, occasion, individuality and uniqueness that just can’t be conveyed with an everyday digital print.
A classic printing process which adds status to your document. Ideal for invitations and other communications designed to convey character.
Particularly suited to applications where a heavy weight board is appropriate.
A classic technique that has never failed to leave its mark since the very origins of printing.
- Distinctive traditional printing with many applications
- Particularly suited to gsm board materials
- Combine with other processes in our collection for classic results
Letterpress publishing has recently undergone a revival in the USA, Canada, and the UK, under the general banner of the ‘Small Press Movement’. Renewed interest in letterpress was fueled by Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, which began using pictures of letterpress invitations in the 1990s. The beauty and texture became appealing to brides who began wanting letterpress invitations instead of engraved, thermographed, or offset-printed invitations. At the same time, presses were being discarded by commercial print shops, and became affordable and available to artisans throughout the country. Popular presses are, in particular, Vandercook cylinder proof presses and Chandler & Price platen presses. In the UK there is particular affection for the Arab press, built by Josiah Wade in Halifax.
Affordable photopolymer platemakers and milled aluminum bases have allowed letterpress printers to produce type and images derived from digital fonts and scans. Photopolymer plates have encouraged the rise of “digital letterpress” in the 21st Century.