Computer to Plate Letterpress

Fisheye's picture

When I was in college, I remember using a shop in Atlanta that would take Illustrator files and, for around twelve bucks, would make a perfect 9x12" letterpress printing block of your design.

Does anyone know of a similar service that might still be around anywhere?


pattyfab's picture

I know of a few in New York including SoHo Letterpress but beware, customer service isn't their priority.

Fisheye's picture

Yeah, that tends to be common with these sorts of things. Still, I wouldn't mind you referring them to me. Thanks.

canderson's picture

Photopolymer plates are pretty standard for commercial letterpress. Here in Portland, it's the standard technique for things like wedding invitations. Like any kind of printing, I think good results often depends upon developing a relationship with the service provider. For example, if you're careful, you can fit several jobs onto one plate and then separate them for printing.

Fisheye's picture

Thanks guys. And for the record, I found the place I used to use back in the day. They're still around and very good: Owosso Graphic Arts.

pattyfab's picture

I can't remember the name of the woman who runs it. Just be prepared, they take forever. But they do a nice job and will work with you to get it right. Altho it sounds like you might only want the plate, not the job printed, should be simpler.

robkimmel's picture

Some letterpress studios have their own polymer plate-makers, like


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