Recently I have been on the hunt for online letterpress printers for a current branding project I am working on and sent out a Tweet which resulted in many great links (thanks everyone!) and also others interested in discovering the same thing; the best places to get it done.
For those unfamiliar with letterpress printing it is in short “a term for the relief printing of text and image using a press with a “type-high bed” printing press and movable type, in which a reversed, raised surface is inked and then pressed into a sheet of paper to obtain a positive right-reading image.” My shorter definition of the above: “Just plain beautiful!”
Below are a few online letterpress studios for you to get your next letterpress jobs printed, information about how to set up files for letterpress and 25+ images of beautiful letterpress inspiration.
Studio on Fire
The Mandate Press
Bjorn Letterpress Studio
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR FILES
The team over a Boxcar Letterpress have a nice ‘Designing for letterpress’ and ‘File prep instruction’ guide, so before you start designing your files and decide you want letterpress work read these letterpress guidelines first.
Also, every letterpress studio is different so make sure you consult each studio separately to make sure you meet their guidelines and specifics.
Below are 25+ inspirational and absolutely breathtaking letterpress designs: