Letterpress is an artisan printing technique that has been around for hundreds of years that involves printing words or designs with ink whilst impressing the image into thick, soft paper. This comprehensive course will teach you the conventions of letterpress printing...
Taught by: Marta Dos Santos.
Letterpress is an artisan printing technique that has been around for hundreds of years that involves printing words or designs with ink whilst impressing the image into thick, soft paper.
This comprehensive course will teach you the conventions of letterpress printing. You will have the opportunity to explore the tactile characteristics and qualities of traditional typefaces and engage with the application of the typographic point system and work / character-spacing in a non-digital environment.
- Simple two-colour composition
- Registration and imposition
- Proofing – black and white, and colour
- Preparation for printing
- Principles and conventions of letterpress type
- The point system
- System for spacing and setting measures
- Setting justified and unjustified type
- Use of different text-sizes: text, display and poster
By the end of the course you should be able to:
- Explore and utilise the tactile characteristics of letterpress typefaces
- Apply the conventions and practices of letterpress printing
- Confidently apply letterpress typesetting skills to printed outcomes
- Design and produce two-colour letterpress prints
Who Should Attend
Students, professionals and enthusiasts looking to learn analogue design processes.
Beginner: Some familiarity with Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.
"It was a great environment to work in, surrounded by the extensive range of letterpress equipment and facilities. Christian's knowledge and enthusiasm made the course a real joy! Many thanks."
"Everything is excellent."
Please prepare a small phrase or quote before-hand that you'd like to print into a poster. You may want to bring an old t-shirt or shirt to prevent your clothes getting dirty.