General FAQs

Can I supply my own artwork to you?

Yes we can print your artwork files, providing they are set up correctly for print. Here are our print-ready requirements:

  • We accept files created from a vector-based design program like Illustrator or InDesign. PDF, ai, eps, indd files are accepted.
  • Non vector images are best in BITMAP TIF format and must be embedded.
  • 3-5mm of bleed is ideal
  • Please ensure your type is converted to outlines and any specific Pantone Uncoated colours are specified for production. We print on uncoated papers so it is important you choose from this range.

If you are not equipped to provide us with a production ready file, it is likely you will need some level of design service from us. We can quote this accordingly on consultation.

Designing for letterpress

There are some things to consider when designing for letterpress

  • Large blocks of colour or colour ‘floods’ are not ideal for letterpress. The larger the area of colour, the more difficult it is to get an even or dense coverage of ink. Artwork that is knocked out of a solid area of colour will not create much, if any, noticeable impression into the paper.
  • You will get the full effect of a deep letterpress impression with text, lines & patterns, especially where there’s plenty of paper:print ratio.
  • Ultra thin lines may not translate well in the platemaking process. Keep all font and stroke weights to a minimum of .25pt to be safe.
  • Try not to go below a 6pt font size for fine print.
  • Be cautious of a double sided design, especially if you’ve chosen letterpress for the ‘impression’. If there are any design elements in the same spot on both sides, the impression from one side will cancel out the other, leaving flat patches. We can print double sided on thicker card stocks (above 500gsm) but we recommend nominating one side to have very little to no impression in order to have a deep impression on the reverse side.
  • When choosing Pantone colours, pleaser refer to the Pantone Uncoated colour swatches

Double sided printing

We are happy to print double sided though there are some limitations when it comes to letterpress and it’s good to be aware of them.

Double sided printing is not recommended for paper weights below 500gsm

To get the deep impression that modern day letterpress printing is known for, our machine will push the paper so far that ‘bruising’ on the other side of the paper can occur. It’s the small sacrifice you make for a gorgeous deep impression on the front!

For stock weights of 500gsm and above, we can print double sided though we will ask you to select one side to be printed with a kiss, or very slight impression. If we hit both sides with a deep impression, any overlapping elements would cancel each other out and you would be left with areas of no impression at all.

Double sided printing increases material and production time costs

Please be aware that a double sided print can not be achieved in one pass and it requires an extra plate, setup and print run.

Do you produce letterpress for businesses?

We sure do. We’ve designed and printed everything from business cards to corporate event stationery, for small and multinational companies alike.

We’re a full-service studio and can handle the job from briefing, through to design and print. Alternatively, supply us with print ready artwork and we can print it for you.

Contact us for a quote or to discuss your project.

I’d like design only

We’re happy to provide you with a design-only service. This is a great option if you are budget conscious and have the print side of things already sorted.

Can we meet?

Yes for sure. Before we meet though, we’d like to provide you with a quote, even if you’ve only got a basic idea of what you need. This keeps everything nice and transparent and ensures we don’t get too far into the process before you’re aware of the cost.

When you’re happy to begin the process, we can arrange a date and time that suits us both. Our studio is not public-facing, so we meet our couples via appointment only.

We’re from a different state, what’s the best way to chat?

No problem. If you’re ready to start talking invitations, we can start the conversation via email and arrange either a skype or phone chat when it’s time to take a brief.

We’re also fine to stick to email the whole way through if that’s what you’d prefer.

What do you mean by 1 or 2 colour?

The letterpress process allows for 1 colour to be printed at a time per printed side. Each colour requires it’s own polymer plate, print setup, print run and washup. So naturally, with each colour, comes a price increase.

A double sided card printed in black on both sides, would be a 2 colour job.

I’d like an inkless design

An inkless or blind impression is a stunning way to add a pattern or subtle design element to an invitation suite. Keep in mind, it still requires a plate, print setup and print run, so for that reason we class a blind impression as a colour. For example, a design with a black and a blind print, is a 2 colour print.

It is not a good idea to use an inkless or blind impression for important content, mainly because it relies on light hitting it in a certain way for it to be completely legible.

For a similar look, with a slightly more dramatic effect, consider a tonal ink print. We’re essentially printing with a transparent ink or a colour that matches the paper for a tone-on-tone look.

Do you offer other types of printing

Yes we do. We offer letterpress and digital print services inhouse. We have a trade pricing agreement with a partner printery for all foiling or offset jobs.

Pricing

We’re working to a tight budget - is letterpress for me?

Jump over to our Letterpress Invitations page and you’ll find some sample packages with a price point for each. This may give you a better idea of what you need, and what kind of cost to expect.You may even be surprised at how affordable a stunning letterpress suite can be!

Keep in mind this is just a guide. If you chat with us about your budget concerns, we are happy to provide some handy ways to stick to your guns without sacrificing quality.

Why is letterpress more expensive than digital printing?

Letterpress is a very labour-intensive process. It is the oldest commercial form of printing, founded by Johann Gutenberg in 15th century, and although some modern processes have enhanced the efficiency of letterpress printing, the method and setup has remained largely unchanged.

Although overtaken by modern and efficient offset and digital print technologies, Letterpress has since made a revival, due in part to it’s artisanal appeal. It is very much a hands-on, hand-crafted process from start to finish, evident in every printed piece.

Unlike digital printing, letterpress requires an often lengthy setup process. For each additional colour, the same setup must be repeated. Inks are mixed individually by hand and the press requires a full washup between each colour. So, the cost difference lies in the setup and production time involved. Digital printing requires little to no setup.

Also known as ‘flat printing’, you cannot achieve the same impression, or vivid colour with digital printing as you can with letterpress. All colours are produced in the one pass, making it a much faster and often cheaper process.

What are your setup costs?

There is alot of time (and often patience) involved in getting the press, plates, ink and paper ready for printing – even before we fire up the press! For this reason, our basic setup fee for any letterpress job, without materials, is $260. This price increases with additional colour setups.

Turn-around

How long will it take to get our invitations?

It’s a good idea to get in touch with us early in your wedding planning as you’ll want to give your guests enough notice.

Typically* you can expect it to take up to 8 weeks for a custom job:

  • 1-2 weeks for consultation phase – quoting, meeting, ideas exchange etc
  • 2-3 weeks for the design process (allowing for iterations)
  • 2-3 weeks for print production

The design process begins when a 50% deposit is secured and we have a brief to begin the design process.

You can limit the turn-around time by

  1. already having an idea of what you’d like. Pinterest boards are a great way to collect ideas.
  2. having your guest list and invitation wording ready
  3. having your deposit ready

*Please note, we’re a small business and our turn-around time can fluctuate depending on our workload at the time. We can provide a more accurate turnaround time during the initial consultation.

Ah! I need them sooner!

If you’ve left it a little late, don’t fret! We may be able to fit it in for a rush fee, use an existing design or suggest an alternative print method.

Still unsure?  Contact Us