From initial sketches to platemaking: illustrator, designer and printmaker David Huyck walks you through how to create a letterpress print
Letterpress printing is part of a centuries-old tradition. As with all relief-printing techniques, ink is applied to a raised surface that is then pressed onto paper, leaving both colour and a physical indentation in the page.
The result is a rich and textured image that cannot be reproduced with modern digital printing techniques, or even with a standard CMYK four-colour process.
As well as being a useful skill to master, experimenting with letterpress printing is an effective way to diversify and add depth to your portfolio. In this project I walk you through the letterpress process, showing you how to prepare your artwork for print on a modern press, and create a two-colour print.