Traditional Letterpress Printing

Letterpress provides an incredible visual and tactile experience for people. It is a must have, if you want the design to be more than visual! A printing technique where the paper is “pressed” by the plate at the same time the ink is released, this craft method elevates any design by incorporating the way it feels and then adding beautiful shadows created from the impression. Letterpress is sought out by follies such as the Queen of England to badass creative studios in Brooklyn, NYC.

Some Of Our Favorite Letterpress Printing Projects

Our Letterpress Printing Is Ideal for

  • Wedding Invitations & Save The Dates
  • Special Event & Restaurant Coasters
  • Greeting Cards & Holiday Cards
  • Wine Stem Tags
  • Business Cards & Letterhead
  • Envelopes
  • Retail Tags
  • Bottle Toppers
  • Short-Run Packaging
  • Personal Stationery & Note Cards
  • Corporate Event Invitations
  • Thank You Cards
 

Letterpress Printing Tech & Specs

  • Width of lines (stroke):  Lines must be .25 point (or .003”) or thicker
  • No type smaller than 6 points:  Type smaller than 6 point is not recommended
  • Number of color (inks): Prints 1 color at a time and traditionally uses 1 or 2 spot colors, cost increases with each additional ink
  • Screens & Tints: Prints color at 100% and does not produce tints well – If you’d like to incorporate a lighter color, we suggest you use a second lighter ink color instead of a screen
  • Envelope Printing:  Envelope printing is possible however, the “bruising” or imprint of the plate impression may show through based on your placement or weight of paper selected (exception: If you print on the flap that will solve this issue
  • Color Consistency requires expertise
  • Light Ink on Dark Paper:  Inks are somewhat translucent so letterpress printing works best with dark inks on lighter papers –  If you want to use light inks on dark paper we may recommend our engraving or foil stamping options which are better suited for this design application
  • Large solids (1) – larger than ½”: Paper tends to show through large solids, creating a slightly textured look
  • Large solids (2) – If design has both large solid and thin text in the same color, we may need to print the solid areas in a separate pass, to give the text a good deep impression and proper inking. Extra press passes increase the cost of printing just like an additional color
  • Large solids (3) Large solid areas can cause buckling of paper, especially when used on thinner paper stock
  •  Pricing
    • Based on final quantity, paper type and the number of processes and machines that will be used in creating the order
    • More elaborate and custom print specs cost considerably more than standard orders, so it’s important to get your quote before proceeding
  • Production time
    • Varies with order complexity and seasonal workload
    • Our elastic schedule allows for rush prints when required, though rush charges apply
    • Turnaround time is calculated from the date of PDF proof approval
    • If your printing project has a hard due-date please let us know when making your request
  • Recommended Stock: Toothy stocks are best. Avoid very crisp, hard stock as it will not hold the press well. Use: Mowhak Superfine Eggshesll, Cranes Lettra, Neenah Classic Cres Eggshell, ColorPlan

Your Perfect Print Letterpress Partner

What’s old is new again! Letterpress printing mimics one of the oldest printing methods in history. Its uniquely crisp imprint, is highly sought after due to is precision and classical charm. At GSB Digital, we embrace the craftsmanship of this method and push the possibilities to create new and exciting results. Design thoughtfully crafted corporate and social print with letterpress.

GSB delivers direct across the Tri-state area.

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