How much does letterpress printing cost?
All of our work is custom so there are no fixed prices. We price each job according to quantities, materials, complexity of design, binding or assembly. The more details you can give us, they more specifically we can address your needs. If you have a vision, bring us your ideas and questions and we will help determine what fits your project best.
Can you print photos?
Letterpress is a relief process where the image is delivered by applying uniform pressure. This type of printing is best suited for text large or small, line drawings, patterns, and heavy-handed illustrations. We cannot print photographs. It is possible to approximate photos by using half-tone plates, but this might not be the aesthetic you seek. Large planes of color are not well suited to the medium, as they appear uneven or salty. If you have questions about your design, send it on over and we will help you adapt your design.
What is your turnaround?
Our timeline is generally three weeks after the specs are hammered out and the design is approved. Ordering specialty paper samples and press checks will add additional time. We are happy to accommodate rush orders for an additional fee.
What is the largest size you can print?
18 x 24"
A quick note from the printers about impression:
Traditionally printing with heavy impression - so you can feel the letters debossed into the paper - was the mark of a bad printing. It renders any text on the back of the page illegible and will also damage the type. We understand that times have changed and in the digital age it is important to feel the evidence of the hand in processes that are now automated. Being that we harbor a deep respect for time and tradition, we like to print with only slight impression. Impression can also vary with the type of paper used and so we are able to accommodate this demand by using polymer plates and thick, cotton or handmade papers that absorb the punch without damaging the press or the type. Type is hardly made anymore and there's a finite number of presses left in the world, so we like to care for the tools that make our work possible.
No question is too small! If you have any, please drop us a line.