PROCESS & CUSTOM ORDERS
Old Orchard Press has the capabilities to employ any printing method or material that will give you the design you're after, whether it's through letterpress, hot foil stamping, embossing, relief printing, etc.
OOP also specializes in custom illustration & calligraphy - all of the illustrations present in the portfolio were hand-drawn for each client.
Letterpress is a centuries-old printing technique. It involves antique presses and a methodical, hands-on approach to go from a pencil sketch to a finished product. Inked type is assembled on the bed of a printing press and each piece of paper is manually fed through one at a time. When pressure is applied, the inked letters and/or images are pressed into the paper, often resulting in a physical, tactile impression.
There is no other method of printing that produces the distinct aesthetic of letterpress.
Scroll through some photographs to get an idea of the wide range of equipment & materials that can be used in creating prints:
Traditionally, it is wood type or metal (lead, often) type that is used to compose the text for a letterpress project, and images were carved out by hand or engraved in linoleum or wood. In recent years, printers have also begun to use polymer (plastic) plates, which allow the printing of custom illustrations, calligraphy, logos, and even photographs.
Once we’ve determined your basic project needs together, the design and drawing stage begins. When complete, the drawings get digitally formatted so that they can be transformed into polymer plates. Depending on your preferences, we may draw the text or use the wood or metal type. When we have all the pieces and you have approved the proofs, the printing begins. Each color required for your project calls for its own plate, as well as a separate run on the printing press, since only one color can be printed at a time. Setting up on the press is where the precision counts, to arrange all of the elements in perfect registration on the press and lock it all into place.
Old Orchard Press respects your privacy and personal information. All information that you share will be kept completely confidential. I will only ask you for the information that is necessary in carrying out your service. This can include your business phone number, shipping address, location and time for your event, etc.
ARTWORK COPYRIGHTS & CONTENT PERMISSION
All illustrations, designs, and logos produced by Old Orchard Press are protected by copyright and may not be used or copied without notice and permission.
By entering into a production agreement, you acknowledge that your finished products may be used by Old Orchard Press for future advertisement, promotion, and work samples.