METAL TYPE PRINTING is a one-man operation, producing quality letterpress printing in the City of York, UK. I have a City & Guilds qualification, from the pre-digital era!
Around 1450 Johannes Gutenberg introduced to Europe a system of printing from metal type that remained in widespread use until the computer revolution of the second half of the 20th century rendered it virtually obsolete.
Letterpress printing has recently enjoyed a renaissance as people rediscover the beauty of this ancient craft.
The process works by spreading a thin layer of ink on raised metal letters and then pressing the paper or card onto the letters. This can create a “bite” or slightly three-dimensional effect.
This video explains more about the letterpress process.
The letterpress process is good for monochrome items. As each different colour requires a separate run through the printing press, printing in one colour is the most cost-effective option. Careful selection of the card/paper and ink colour can produce excellent results. Company logos (in monochrome) can easily be incorporated into your design.
My press can print a maximum text area of a little less than A5 paper size (half of A4). Business Cards, Correspondence Cards: (six timeless typefaces, order online); Compliment Slips, Price Lists, Flyers, Signage and small promotional items can be printed.
Typefaces can be either modern or traditional. Take a look at our online type catalogue of traditional metal type – I have access to probably the largest collection of Ludlow and Linotype founts in the UK. If you don't see what you are looking for, please ask, I can probably get it – or use computer-generated artwork. It's your choice.
I am also able to produce traditional "hot foil" printing. The traditional method is, in my opinion, superior to the sublimation or toner method of foil printing. The process creates a stunning metallic print. Silver or gold foil can be applied to cloth, leather, etc., as well as paper and card. Please contact me to discuss your hot foil requirements.
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