Attention Graphic Design Geeks: This is for Your Letterpress Inspiration (+ Tutorial)
Letterpress printing, also known as relief printing, is a process involving a press where images are created using a reversed, inked, raised surface that is pressed into a sheet of paper to obtain a positive right-reading image. The process can be pretty costly, but I think the final result is always a classy, upscale look with a heavy tactile quality that can’t be replicated. If you love letterpress like I do, enjoy:
Letterpress doesn’t always have to be applied to wedding invitations and baby shower announcements. Check out the marketing collateral below for Swink, Inc. printed by Studio on Fire (who we mentioned in a previous post here). Studio on Fire specializes in lots of great design (for designers, mostly) where they apply the use of letterpress in a lot of amazing pieces beyond the traditional invitation category.
Although it’s probably impossible to replicate the authenticity of real letterpress printing, there are some alternative resources you can check out as a designer like online tutorials. Pugly Pixel, a Blog dedicated to web graphics, tutorials and inspiration, published this tutorial about how to create a letterpress effect using Photoshop. Watch it below, and check out the site for more tutorials here.
Finally, check out the video below for a proposed iPad app called LetterMpress™. The app’s designer, John Bonadies, promises that LetterMpress™ will allow anyone to create authentic-looking letterpress designs and prints using the same design process as used in a traditional letterpress printing. The user may “place and arrange type and cuts on a press bed, lock the type, ink the type, and print, allowing for unlimited designs, with multiple colors, using authentic vintage wood type and art cuts.”