What is letterpress printing?

How does it look?

How is it work?


What is letterpress printing?

A printing method in which the wrong reading image or type is raised above the surface of the printing plate. The plate is then inked and pressed directly onto the paper, resulting in a right reading image.



How does it look?

Your type or image will be indented into the paper. Using a raised surface printing plate or type, the depth of the resulting "bite" will vary depending upon the type of paper. Thicker, softer papers will carry a deeper impression than hard or thin papers.



How is it work?

The world standard method for hundreds of years, letterpress gave way to offset during the 1930's. Letterpress is now relegated to printing needs, which are not too detailed or sensitive such as common everyday forms and numbering. The raised surface of the plate can be achieved by a number of means, such as handset type, wood carving or engraving, or, most commonly, photoengraving.


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