letterpress technique

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Picking up with the What to expect series today we’ll be discussing large coverage areas and floods.  Below is a business card design by Vanessa of NESS Design. It is a 2/1 letterpress business card printed on 220# paper. Vanessa’s cards got a really great ink coverage because of a few things. Her knocked out type was built up with extra stroke wight so that we could flood the press with a LOT of ink and by the time the letters started to fill in they were back to their “normal” weights. Serifed typography is a lot harder to work with and isn’t recommend (especially when small). If you want to knock out of a flood color area (knock-out meaning that the type is white or image area is white with ink surrounding it) then stick to imagery or typography that can …

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I just have to give a big shout out to Emily who definitely earns the employee of the year award. She’s really stepped up to the plate and taken on lots and lots of print jobs while I was out of commission this summer. Wouldn’t have survived without her! Here I am checking adjusting the print area so we can avoid banding on press. When the roller makes a full 360° rotation sometimes there is a stripe  in which the ink overlaps making it a total pain in the behind to work through – especially if you have a plethora of tint base in your pantone mix. We ended up tripping the form rollers up on the overpass, and then flipping them back down for a single inkup on the way back. Problem solved!

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