Letterpress Printing


Letterpress printing is a unique form of relief printing that utilizes a process of creating multiple produced copies by repetitive, uniform impressions against a large roll of paper. The impressions are created by a press operator who compiles the design by utilizing movable type that is placed into a "bed" of a press. The image is pressed against the paper to transfer the inked bed against a paper product and create the desired image.

There are several types of Letterpress Printing techniques. These other forms might include zinc cuts that utilize a photo etched image, linoleum blocks and wood carvings. Letterpress is a common technique used in many forms in the printing industry.

Letterpress printing is attributed to the 15th century inventor named Johannes Gutenberg. This inventor is well known for his technique and the Gutenberg method is credited for the mass production of books from the 15th century up to the 20th century. A cousin of letterpress printing is the offset printing technique developed in recent times that simplified the book printing process.

Movable type simplified and diversified the entire business of printing, simplifying the process of mass producing printed materials. This cut production time and decreased the cost of printed materials all over the world. Mass production of printed items from business cards, flyers, posters, pamphlets and books means cost savings to the consumer. This efficient, evolved method of printing has revolutionized how the printed word is distributed over the entire world. Letterpress printing is a big business norm for producing stacks of printed materials for personal and business use. Our world is more accessible because of Gutenberg's original letterpress invention. Mass production of printed material is vital in the business world and consumers benefit from the lesser cost of printing by using the method of letterpress printing.