Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Letterpress Stationery

Letterpress has been a popular choice for most brides when it comes to printing all their wedding stationery. But what exactly is letterpress?

Letterpress printing is using a press with a "type-high bed" printing press and movable type, in which a reversed, raised surface is inked and then pressed into a sheet of paper to obtain a positive right-reading image. What sets it apart from the offset lithography and laser technologies that dominate the printing market today is that letterpress works by a relief method. It creates an actual impression on the paper, an embossed effect that you can see and feel. It was the normal form of printing text in the West from its invention by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th century until the 19th century, and remained in wide use for books and other uses until the second half of the 20th century.
There has been a rebirth of wide spread interest in this style of printing over the last several years.

Image from Dolcepress

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