Everything you need to know

to get started

This is how you prepare a file for print.

A print-ready PDF for a letterpress card is drawn up in spot/PMS colors and only contains vectorized images. This file has a bleed of at least 2 mm. Only the crop marks need to be indicated on this PDF.

If you are in for a surprise, we are happy to give you some tips that can help you with the layout of your design.

  • Preferably in Adobe Illustrator or Indesign.
  • Keep in mind that with letterpress cards the text is printed a bit bolder. By widening the spacing you can increase the readability of small text. For many fonts, 8 point is the minimum size.
  • For images, the minimum stroke width is 1 pt.
  • Photos in letterpress are not possible.
  • Colors are always printed at 100%. A gradient or rasterized image is not possible in letterpress.
  • We do not recommend large solid surfaces because they cannot be printed nicely evenly. Pressing a background and making the name or image appear on a card is not possible in letterpress. For this we work better with an embossing
  • Bleeding is possible, but the options here are limited. A bleed frame on both sides is not possible. A line or small image can be bleed. It is important here that the printing on the recto is not at the same height as the printing on the verso.

Don’t be put off now! Are you unsure whether your design is feasible? Are you not familiar with these programs or do CMYK, RGB and PMS not mean much to you? Then this is certainly no problem. You can also contact us with a sketch, some cutting and pasting or a very special idea. We can prepare the design or convert your sketch into a print-ready file.