How to set up artwork for letterpress printing
It’s easy to set up files for letterpress printing. It’s generally no different than setup for offset printing. Here are a few key pointers to remember:
Minimum font size is 6pt, and a minimum line weight is .25pt.
Please convert all text to outlines. We operate in a Microsoft Windows environment, so we cannot open Mac fonts.
Accepted file formats include .PDF, .AI, .INDD, and .TIFF
Solids and Halftones
Most letterpress artwork you see is printed as a solid. Letterpress can also print halftones, just like an offset press. The only difference is that we prefer to use a wider line screen to avoid over-inking. 85lpi works best. The actual halftones are generated when we print your artwork to film. This affect can be used to achieve different color densities on a one-color print, or to print photograph. Four-color process is also possible, with very interesting results.
For die cutting, please include your die lines as a blue outline, registered with your print artwork.
For additional help, please call us at (318)290-3133 for free advice.