Letterpress Printing

Letterpress printing (form of printing text from its invention by Gutenberg in the mid-15th century until the until the second half of the 20th century) is relief panting of text and image using a press with a 'type-high bed' printing press and movable type, in which a reversed, raised surface is inked and then pressed into a sheet of paper to obtain a positive right-reading image. 

In addition to the direct impression of inked movable type onto paper or another receptive surface, letterpress is also the direct impression of inked printmaking blocks such as photo-etched zinc 'cuts' (plates), linoleum blocks, wood engravings, and others. We offer this elegant printing alternative at Santa Rosa Printing.