Design

We charge $30 an hour for design and design consultation, but you’re welcome to create your own design if you are familiar with creating line art in Adobe Illustrator or Adobe InDesign.
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Letterpress friendly design tips

  • It’s best to design your files in Adobe Illustrator or InDesign, vectorize all images, and and convert all fonts to outlines by going to the “Type” drop-down menu and selecting “Create Outlines”. Save the file as a PDF and send to us for review.
  • Please note that Adobe Photoshop is not the same as Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign. We understand that many people have Adobe Photoshop and love to tinker with it. Unfortunatly, it’s not the right design application for Letterpress.
  • To avoid the possibility of broken lines, we suggest using a minimum of .25pts for all line art.
  • While we can print as small as 6pt type, we suggest not going below 10pts when creating your design.
  • Your artwork should consist of lines or solid shapes and not shading. It’s helpful to think of children’s coloring books and not a pencil or charcol drawing.
  • To avoid the possibility of broken lines, we suggest using a minimum of .25pts for all line art.
  • When using a bold font, add at least 10-20pts of tracking between the letters in your text.
  • As color values are different on different screens, we suggest that you give us Pantone color numbers or color swatches from a paint store if you have specific colors in mind.
  • With the exception of gold and silver inks, we try to avoid printing lighter colors on darker stocks. Just know that the colors in these situations often turn out “muddy” and much darker than you probably intended.