At Sunlit Letterpress, we offer two printing methods for your stationery pieces: letterpress and digital.
WHAT IS LETTERPRESS PRINTING?
Letterpress printing began in the 14th century as an alternative to laborious calligraphy. Invented by Johann Gutenberg, this form of relief printing was the first method for mass-producing the printed word. Text and artwork was set in metal type and/or printing plates, inked as a form, and printed onto paper.
In the late 1900s, offset and digital printing replaced letterpress as the preferred printing method – with many letterpress printing presses meeting their demise in the 1960s and 1970s.
At Sunlit Letterpress, we keep the craft of letterpress printing alive, offering printing that leaves a tactile impression and handmade quality that cannot be reproduced by offset, digital, or desktop printing methods.
WHAT IS DIGITAL PRINTING?
Digital printing is a more affordable printing option that uses large-format or high-volume laser or inkjet printers that use toner or ink to transfer a digital design to paper. Printing plates are not required for this form of printing, which results in much lower labor, press set-up and take-down time, and significant savings for the buyer. At Sunlit Letterpress we are pleased to offer digitally-printed stationery options for times when budgets are more restricted.