Letterpress Printing

They say first impressions are the ones that last, and this timeless, artisan process is where it all began. Fey Printing began in 1932 as an all-letterpress shop, and we’ve been letterpress printing ever since then. Back in the late 18th century, letterpress was simply known as printing. Raised type was inked using rollers, and when put in contact with the sheet, was pressed into the surface of the paper. In today's digital world, letterpress printing stands out proudly as a classic technique often used for wedding invitations, business cards and anywhere a vintage look or noticeable impression in the paper is desired. When it comes to letterpress printing, feeling is believing!

Letterpress Printing Q&A

What style of artwork works best?

Submit vector artwork built in Adobe Illustrator or InDesign, keeping in mind that fine lines work best for a nice impression in the paper. Avoid large solid areas as they tend to take on an uneven appearance when printed. Also, be aware that gradients and tints won't cut it in the world of letterpress printing. Solid colors are definitely the way to go when designing for letterpress.

Do certain papers work better than others?

Yes! If a deep letterpress impression is what you're after, choose a soft, thick, or cottony paper. Other great choices include coaster stock and duplexed papers. Not sure what paper will work best for your project? Give us a call, and we'll be happy to help you find the perfect sheet for your particular design.

What about inks?

We letterpress print using spot (PMS) colors only. Keep in mind that each color you choose will require a separate pass through the press. However, since letterpress inks are transparent, creative use of overlapping colors in your design can create additional free colors. So let your imagination run wild!


Press Specs for Letterpress Printing

Max. Sheet Size: 10.25 x 15
Max. Print Size: 10.25 x 13.75

Letterpress Printing Gallery