Letterpress printing is at the heart of Lost Heritage. We feel it is simply the best way to get an impression on paper and feel very passionate about that.
Letterpress is one of the oldest forms of printing in existence. The original form was to set type into press press, ink it and press paper against it to form an impression. Letterpress printing has evolved now so that photopolymer plates can be used instead of type. At Lost Heritage we use both methods.
We print from supplied digital artwork from our customers which make the possibilities of letterpress printing endless. We also house a large number of traditional letterpress type in our studio including Gill sans, Times Roman, Garamond and Univers in a variety of different sizes.
Please contact us if you feel the embossed and tactile feel of letterpress will enhance your project.
RULES FOR FILE FORMAT FOR LETTERPRESS
Please be aware we can only work with the following files to produce plates for letterpress work.
.ai (illustrator files)
Minimum type size is 2pt in a times new roman or similar. Fonts obviously vary and some may not hold this size. You can tell by looking at a font, if its a bit thin at the smallest points it would probably be an issue. We are happy to give you advise on certain fonts if you contact us beforehand.
Minimum line size is 0.3pt for an isolated line.
We prefer receiving the files with crop marks/registration marks. They can allow us to make sure that at each press run the colours are accurately overlaid so that ghosting doesn't happen.
Also trim marks are a necessity. We prefer illustartor trim marks which can be found in menu under OBJECT-CREATE TRIM MARKS (CS5) These have a default of 0.3pt which is the minimum that can be carried in an isolated line on a plate.