Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What exactly is letterpress?
A: Letterpress is a printing method. It is unlike most printing methods today because the ink does not just sit on top of the paper - flat. Instead, the ink is pressed into the paper leaving behind a beautful indentation. Long ago in letterpress's hayday, it was not favorable for the press to leave an indentation. But today, we all love to be reminded that this is a hand done process. At Printology we strive for a very deep impression each and every time. If you ask us about a certain type of design, and we feel that it may not really bite that paper, we will let you know and make suggestions on how we can make it better!
Q: Why does letterpress cost so much?
A: We get this question from time to time. The letterpress printing process is much more involved than a standard offset press or your desktop printer. Aside from the design, costs associated with letterpress are: polymer plates (each design and color is a separate plate), hand-mixing inks, press time (each piece is hand-fed, one at a time, into the press), and technical skill required to print. Letterpress is very involved and yields beautiful results.
Q: Do you offer other printing services?
A: While our main printing method is letterpress, we do offer other services. Whether you need to have something designed and you'd like to print it yourself, or you'd like us to digitally print a design we've worked on together, please let me know.
Q: I am a designer, and would like to create my design - can you print this?
A: Usually, yes!! We would of course need to see a rough idea of what you have in mind. Some designs are better suited than others, but we can certainly help you out!
Q: What if I want something letterpressed other than business cards, invitations, or stationery? Do you do custom projects?
A: Absolutely! We would love to work with you to make whatever project you have come to life. Whether its gift tags, CD covers, coaster, book covers, notebooks....if you have an idea let us know!
Q: What is your turnaround time?
A: Our average turnaround time is 2-3 weeks but if you are running a little behind and need something faster then please let us know and we will do our best to get it to you when you need it!