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What is Letterpress

Just in case you're not familiar with the process of letterpress, we wanted to give you an overview of the process and what makes it such an attractive method of printing for your business or next event. The first thing to know is that letterpress is an entirely hands-on process that requires lots of time to print just right. Letterpress originally began with type that had to be set into the press to achieve the layout and design that you want. Printers had cabinets and trays full of type that ranged from signs and symbols to letters from various fonts. You can imagine how limited designs were because if you didn't have a specific shape, font, etc. in your inventory, then you couldn't letterpress the design. Here's a picture of the old type that was used.


*At the beginning of the 20th century, printing factories in western countries were using letterpress printing

Letterpress printing has since evolved into a medium that somewhat bonds digital technology with the old way of letterpress printing to produce the amazing pieces you see today. The plate is then inked and stamped directly into paper to transfer the ink and impression. This impression is what gives letterpress it's unique 3D like feel. You end of with a letterpress printing process that can print anything that can be made digitally.

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