old orchard press
CUSTOM DESIGN & LETTERPRESS PRINTING

PROCESS

Thanks for visiting! I appreciate your interest so much and would love to start working with you.

 

What follows is a brief explanation of how the process of letterpress printing works and the procedure for custom ordering

PROCESS

Letterpress is a centuries-old printing technique. It involves antique printing presses and a methodical, hands-on process to go from a pencil sketch to a finished printed product. Inked type is assembled on the bed of a printing press and each piece of paper is manually fed. When pressure is applied, the inked letters and 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. 

Traditionally it is wood or cast-lead type that is used to compose the text for a letterpress piece, and images are carved out by hand on linoleum or wood.

In recent years, printers have begun to also use what is called a polymer plate (plastic), since what you may want on your stationary or invitations may not be available from the wood or lead type selection that’s accessible.

Let’s say it is a way to get exactly what you want (the typeface, the image, your logo) and for this reason it is mainly what I use to complete your custom goods.

Once we’ve determined your basic project needs, 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 lead 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 polymer 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 place all of the elements in perfect registration on the press and lock it all into place. 

PRIVACY POLICY

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 logos and work produced by Old Orchard Press is 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. Of course, only you own your content, and I will never share your private information.

RETURNS & CANCELLATIONS

I try my hardest to create quality paper goods for every client. If for any reason you decide to terminate our partnership, depending on the status and progression of your project a refund may be available:

            If you have not yet received a draft (proof) and decide to cancel, your refund will be the order subtotal previously agreed upon less 15% of that subtotal.

            If you have received proofs but have not yet approved them, your refund will be the order subtotal previously agreed upon less 40% of that subtotal.

            If you have received proofs and approved them that means your project has moved on to the printing stages. If you choose to cancel at this time, your refund will be the order subtotal previously agreed upon less 85% of that subtotal.

            If your order has been printed, it is non-refundable.

No matter your situation or request, I will always try my best to accommodate you.

 

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.

Assembling lead type for printing

Assembling lead type for printing

 

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.

Samples of the wood type collection at The Arm in Brooklyn

Samples of the wood type collection at The Arm in Brooklyn

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.

Pulling some test proofs on the Vandercook SP-15

Pulling some test proofs on the Vandercook SP-15

PRIVACY POLICY

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.