Contact Us

Questions? We've got answers! Don't hesitate to contact us. 

 

 

1701 Westchester Dr Suite 510
High Point, NC, 27262
United States

Designer Information

 

Info for Graphic Designers

Vector-based PDF or Illustrator files (ideal):

  • Be sure that the artwork is entirely black and white (no grays) unless you want a halftone screen.
  • Convert fonts to outlines.
  • If you're printing in more than one color, separate the colors into groups or layers.
  • Include at least 1/16" of bleed where applicable.
  • Save your files in CMYK mode.

Bitmap TIFF files:

  • Be sure that the artwork is entirely black and white (no grays) unless you want a halftone screen.
  • Keep the image resolution high (ideally 900dpi or more).
  • If you're printing in more than one color, each color should have its own file.
  • Include at least 1/16" of bleed where applicable.
  • To cut down on file size, it's a good idea to use LZW compression.

Design Considerations: 

  • Letterpress works best with line art and text. Large blocks of color are possible, but keep in mind that ink coverage may not be 100% even and saturated (it will have a more rustic/handmade look). Also, the heavy impression can tend to warp the paper if we don't use an extra-thick stock. Sometimes we might suggest that we print large blocks in a separate pass; however, this will add to the cost.
  • The thickness of stray lines should be at least 0.35 pt. Lines that are directly adjacent to other art can be thinner.
  • Light ink on dark paper isn't ideal with letterpress, although metallic inks can work in some cases.
  • All paper is cut to order so we're not limited to any standard card sizes. However, if your piece needs to fit in an envelope, we suggest sizing the card 1/4" smaller than the envelope. Our envelope options and sizes can be found here.