Printing a Job

Process Overview

The first thing you’ll need to provide is a pdf file of your design that is print ready. But don’t worry – we will go over all the particulars and requirements for a good file designed for letterpress reproduction. 

Or if you prefer, we can help design your project from start to finish or anything in between. Just tell us your desires and vision, and we will provide you with a final proof that you will be happy to put your John Hancock to before going to press!

A simple Call

All it takes is a simple call with us to get the ball rolling on all of your printing needs.

Design and Prep

We create or use your provided design files, provide you a final proof, and then prepare the files for plating.

boutique printing

Our traditional printing methods result in a breathtaking product that accentuates your personality.

Delivery

After an average of 3-5 weeks of work, your handcrafted goods are packed & shipped out to you!

Our Technical Capabilities

Letterpress

All your printed products will be lovingly printed on our very special Heidelberg Windmills. Its ability to produce exceptionally beautiful product has been a halmark that has given it a worthy reputation as being a workhorse for the industry of fine letterpress for many generations past.

Die Cutting

If square or rectangular paper is not your style, then die cutting your project may be just the thing you need to set yourself apart from the rest of the crowd. The sky is the limit with what you can project with a well thought out die cut.

Foil Stamping

With just the right amount of heat and pressure applied to a colored foil ribbon, we make your foiling design come alive on paper. With many colors and styles to choose from it’s so easy to give your special job that elegant touch that you may be looking for.

Duplexing

If you have a hankering for a thicker sheet, or you are looking to add some color between the sheets, duplexing will help to acheive a look that will stand out and make your project pop.

Embossing

There are a variety of embossing choices to choose from – blind emboss, foil embossing as well as debossing and deep relief. Which ever process speaks to your inner stylist, We will make sure that your vision comes out on paper just the way you expected.

Numbering

We provide numbering services for those projects that require a little more oversight on your part, like tickets, gift certificates, invoices and order forms.

Artwork File Requirements

Getting the perfect print is hard work. We know it can be a bit confusing on your first time working with a letterpress, so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call us! All artwork should be submitted using the following guidelines:

  • Submitted in PDF format
  • Complete and divided by color (if more than one color)
  • Submitted in black
  • Submitted to size
  • Must include Trim Marks & .125″ bleed if necessary

Please note: 4 Color Pantone Ink selections are problematic and we do not recommend their use!

Paper Options

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Color Options

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Note — we can always custom order specific paper & color options to ensure we bring the truest version of your vision to life!

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have a question that can't be answered with this list, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you!

Project

How much will my project cost?

Pricing is done individually, based on the labor and materials required to complete the project-not by the piece.

How long will my order take to receive?

Our turnaround time is approximatately 3 to 5 weeks from date of order (receipt of final art files + 50% deposit) to ship date (balance due prior to shipping): Depending on the volume of work in the print shop, as we are a smaller letterpress studio. Projects will be produced in the order that they are received. shorter turn around times may be possible but not guaranteed, depending on workload at the time of order.

Do you have a minimum order requirement?

No minimum order is required!

What should I provide to you to receive an estimate for my project?

To receive an estimate, please provide; print process(es), color(s), size(s), stock requirement, finishing requirement (if any), and quantities.

What should I provide to you to receive a quote for my project?

To receive a quote, please provide; print process(es), color(s), size(s), stock requirement, finishing requirement (if any), quantities, and art files.

What is the preferred method of payment?

Check payments are preferred, however, we will also accept credit card payments. A 3% surcharge will be added to cover associated fees for credit card payments. Credit card billing requires include; Card Number, CVV Number, Expiration Date and Billing Zip Code.

Do you offer hard proofs?

Hard proofs are available only under the following conditions:

FLS must receive an actual order for all of the proofs requested, including the minimum 50% deposit.

Any changes made to the letterpress/foil design(s) and subsequently, the letterpress/foil die(s) will incur the cost (TO YOU) to manufacture any additional die(s).

Any changes made to the type of stock will incur the cost (TO YOU) of the initially ordered stock and whatever must be orded to accommmodate the changes(s).

The cost for the hard proofs is IN ADDITION to the cost of the complete project and will vary by order.

Design

May I bring my own design?

Absolutely! We request and encourage all of our clients to bring their own designs!

What are the preferred art file formats for our designs for foil or letterpress work?

Complete & divided by color/process, pdf, to size, black, fonts outlined, with trim marks and .125" bleed if necessary.

Are there any requirements for artwork designs?

Yes, for our printing, all artwork should be submitted using the following guidelines:

  • Submitted in PDF format
  • Complete and divided by color (if more than one color)
  • Submitted in black
  • Submitted to size
  • Must include Trim Marks

Please note: 4 Color Pantone Ink selections are problematic and we do not recommend their use!

 

What colors are available for letterpress projects?

Pantone uncoated (U) shades (spot Colors), Metallic ink colors and Flourecent ink colors

What foil colors are available?

We offer Gold, Silver, Copper, Red, Green and Translucent all in shiny and matte finishes... Custom foil colors and finishes may be ordered; Additional charges may apply.

What stock do you have available and is it possible to order a custom stock?

There are so many stocks available to you as choices that we can't possibly stock it all! We however Keep a healthy supply of 100% cotton stocks on hand in many standard weights and colors. We can always custom order any stock to your specifications.

Are you able to provide duplexing, edge painting, or laser-cutting?

We offfer deplexing, as well as edge painting along with any other finish service that you may be able to think up. Sorry at this time we do not perform Lazer Cutting in house.

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