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Letterpress

Visitenkarte mit Heißfolie und Farbschnitt - Detail
Duplexing, Triplexing, Laminating
11. April 2018
Reliefartige Blindprägung
Blind embossing
9. April 2018

The renaissance of letterpress! All of a sudden an old-fashioned printing technique became young and stylish.


The process


Johannes Gutenberg invented movable type and revolutionized the way knowledge was disseminated. Wood or lead letters were rolled in ink and pressed onto paper. The parts carrying the ink were raised – a form of relief printing.

Of course, technology has also had an impact in this area of the printing industry: using photopolymer plates, designs can be printed by digital means. Where these are pressed into the substrate using high pressure, this type of letterpress is called “Boston style”. This embossing was once regarded as an unwanted by-product of printing – today we regard it as a tactile experience.

Suitability


For all types of commercial products: invitations, business cards etc. Preferably combined with thick, soft cotton cardboard or duplexed card. Or maybe a little less sophisticated, on grey or brown chipboard? Whatever the case, it is the stripped-back design which letterpress leaves behind that is so exciting.


Examples of successful printed products using this technique:

Business cards printed with letterpress in three colors

Business cards printed with letterpress in three colors

Elegant Letterpress for a paper swatch book

Elegant Letterpress for a paper swatch book