letterpress printing

We live & breathe letterpress

Since 1930 we have been letterpress printers

Letterpress Printing it is in our blood around here. WP Mitchell our founder started as a letterpress printer and we still offer this  nostalgic, classic look and feel to a printed piece. Letterpress Printing for years has represented the peak of craftsmanship and quality. 

Letterpress is created by pressing inked metal type printing plate into the paper. Since Johannes Gutenberg invented movable type in the year 1439. Today Letterpress is seeing a re-emergence as a printing method and as an art form. We started with letterpress printing and today we still do it with and mix it with our offset and digital work to best fit your needs. 

We now use modern tools of design without the limitations of hand set metal type via a new generation of platemaking. This lets us print things my grandfather could only dream of. 

Our Heidelberg letterpress is a one-color press, but multiple colors may be produced using multiple printing plates and multiple passes. When using us as your printer we can print in registration and in the design phase will work to help you avoid any issues. 

If your design contains heavy solid areas of ink coverage, letterpress printing will not duplicate the same level of coverage as offset printing would. This is when Mitchell's Speedway Press will mix our methods to produce the best looking piece using as many as 3 offset- letterpress & digital print methods.

The impression used in letterpress printing can be light or heavy this cause you to see a slight debossed effect visible on the backside of the sheet. If you are designing a piece that will be printed on the back of the letterpressed area, we need to factor this into the design. 

Because you will want to see the impression in the paper, choosing a heavyweight but soft sheet will give best results. Crane & Co., Mohawk and  other paper lines produces paper designed for letterpress. We even can get lines of handmade or 100% recycled paper to create a even more unique printed piece.