Design considerations for Letterpress


There are a few considerations that should be taken into consideration when designing for Letterpress cards. Keep in mind that your design will need to be approved for Letterpress output before we can proceed.

File set-up

Setting up a press-ready file for Letterpress cards is a complex process, we recommend having an experienced designer set this up for you.
See: Setting up press-ready files for Letterpress.

Vector format

We recommend vector format graphics only. See: What is a vector.

While raster graphics (pixel based) are possible – it is a difficult setup and not optimal for Letterpress printing. We can not assist with setup of raster graphic files.


A slight impression may show through to the reverse side of a Letterpress output. This should be taken into account when setting up your design – especially for two-sided output.

Half tones and shades

Half-tones can be used to give the appearance of gradients and shades; however your design will need to be approved for Letterpress first.

Fine detail

See: What is the finest detail possible for Letterpress?


If you require further information, or are not sure if your design is suitable for Letterpress – please contact our Customer Service line before placing your order.

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