Letterpress is a printing technique used to create a 3D impression on paper. With letterpress printing, when you pass your fingers over the art, you’ll physically feel the design. It uses an inked, raised plate, pressed against paper. It’s often used in the production of high end invitations, business cards, notecards and for some retail packaging. You know, the ones that make you comment on how nice of a card it is when you’re holding it. Letterpress is printing that you can feel.
The process of letterpress printing begins with the creation of a printing plate, which is a raised surface that is used to transfer ink to the paper. The printing plate is usually made of metal and used to press the ink into the paper. The plate is mounted onto a printing press, which uses pressure to transfer the ink from the plate to the paper.
Letterpress printing has a long history, with roots dating back to the 15th century. Originally used to print books, it has since been adapted for a wide range of printing applications.
Another reason letterpress printing is special is because it is a labor-intensive process that requires a high level of skill and expertise. Letterpress printers must be highly trained in the use and creation of printing plates, a strong attention to detail and a keen eye for design. As a result, letterpress printing is often associated with high-quality, premium materials.