Letterpress? Here’s some free technical advice from our print experts




Letterpress is an old artisanal technique. In the past, wooden or lead print letters were first set by hand and then printed, inked and pressed into the paper. Today, of course, things are going a little smoother, and we print using digital files and plastic plates, which we expose via a high-resolution film.



How do I know whether I am choosing the right color?
That is indeed not easy to see. Colors can easily look different on a screen than on paper. We only work with Solid Uncoated Pantone inks. If you want to select a color, it is best to use a physical Pantone color fan.

Can you print many colors at once?
Letterpress always works with one main color. In addition, you can choose from as many supporting colors as you like. Please note: the costs rise quickly, because the production takes a lot of time. We have to make a separate stamp for each color and prepare separate settings. In addition, each stamp must also be washed separately.

Please note: In order to give you a correct estimate of the production time, it is only possible to choose one color per side via inkopaper.com. Would you like more than 1 color per side? Please do not hesitate to send an email to extrawow@inkopaper.com. Then we will see what we can do for you.

Can I also choose a Coated Pantone ink color?
Unfortunately not. We only print on uncoated paper, for which only Uncoated Pantone inks are suitable. Combinations based on other color fans, such as Coated, Process or RGB, are therefore not possible. Do you have an alternative color in mind? Then you should look for a similar uncoated color.


Large areas of color

Can you print large color areas with letterpress?
Yes, but there are a number of factors that you should take into account. We will list them for you, so you know what to look out for:

  1. Color variations are possible
    With letterpress, colors are added and controlled manually. Large contiguous areas of color are therefore somewhat more difficult to control. The result: color variations can occur, with certain parts of your design getting a greater or lesser density. We do everything we can to closely monitor the consistency, so that shade variations occur as little as possible.
  2. Sometimes, a "cloudy" effect results
    To keep details in your design sharp, we sometimes print contiguous areas of color with a lower ink density. The ink can then leave a "cloudy" impression. The intensity of the clouded effect also depends on the type of paper you use. For example, if you choose dark colors on rough cotton paper, it will create a very cloudy effect. Light colors on a smooth paper work better.
  3. The sheet can deform during heavy impressions
    With a heavy impression, the thickness of the paper changes. If you do this with large surfaces with illustrations, bubbles can form in the paper or it may curl. Hence the name "chips effect." Do you have a design with many illustrations? This reduces the chance that the end result will be completely flat.


A colorful personality? Opt for painted edges


Are there any specific design requirements for adding color on cut?
For best results, do not run illustrations or images over the cut edge. By keeping the impression at a distance from the edge, it remains clearly delineated. Small graphic elements such as lines and small printed text may overflow. Large graphic areas can cause problems.

Can edges be given a glossy metal color?
You can always choose edges in silver, gold and copper metallic. You only have to take into account that the colors look more like a metal ink than a foil. To get a clear picture of gloss levels, it is best to use an Uncoated Pantone color fan.

Can you print the edges of Black & White paper with bright colors?
Yes, of course. We can provide the edges of dark papers with both light and bright colors.