Letterpress

Letterpress

Invented in 1450, letterpress was the predominant method of printing for 500 years. Old-fashioned movable type, metal plates with raised images, are inked and then rolled or pressed on to paper.

This labor-intensive and time-consuming method of printing is not in common use, today, and you may have to do some searching to find a specialty letterpress printer in your area. Think of letterpress as more of an art form than science.

What it looks like: text is indented into paper (the opposite of engraving); creates an antique effect.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
letterpress (noun)
1.
the process of printing from an inked raised surface especially when the paper is impressed directly upon the surface
2.
chiefly British text (as of a book) distinct from pictorial illustrations
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