Glossary Term:Letterpress

What is letterpress
A method of printing where text is indented into the paper

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)
the process of printing from an inked raised surface especially when the paper is impressed directly upon the surface
chiefly British text (as of a book) distinct from pictorial illustrations
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