WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU
Come to us with your ideas, business visions, and graphic inspirations. We offer a variety of options to develop your concept, either with one of our full service branding packages or through a custom solution tailored to your needs. Education about our process is a value added to our service, so we’ll make sure you understand the art form of letterpress and the nuances that make this expression so unique and valuable to your business.
We provide individual design support from concept to final client approval. We choose the best paper stock, process, and custom colors to bring your project to life. Once the final materials are ordered and your custom plates are created, we’ll schedule a time for you to press check a physical proof of your project, either in person or via email.
BRAND IDENTITY DESIGN
The Aesthetic Union offers a suite of custom design and letterpress services for brand identity and business marketing. We use contemporary and antique typefaces and the highest quality materials to bring the elegance and expression of letterpress to your brand. Talk to us about creating custom letterhead, business cards, packaging, product hang tags, product use and care cards, calendars, corporate marketing packages and informational booklets. We also specialize in hand illustrated logos, marks, and crests to set your business apart.
LETTERPRESS PRINTING + FINISHING
Our printing process begins with setting up the press, including plate registration, color correction, and custom adjustments. We will then print one test proof to be approved at your scheduled press check. Once you sign off on the test proof, your project goes to press. We quality check, trim, and count your final product before packaging it for pick up, delivery, or shipping. Local, national, and international shipping options are available.
A LA CARTE SERVICES
We offer additional services including edge painting, custom die cutting, duplexing, hole drilling, folding and collating.
CUSTOM ESTIMATE REQUEST
Pricing is based on many factors like quantity, paper type, ink count and can include more elaborate finishing options like edge painting or a custom die cut. So we may gain a better understanding of your project specifications, please fill out the form above and upload artwork files if applicable. We'll review the details and contact you with an estimate within 48 hours. To ensure proper formatting and avoid delays please be sure to review our file guidelines when preparing your files.
Artwork has to be formatted in a specific way for us to be able to convert it to film. Please see our file guidelines tab for a more in-depth description of how we would like to receive your art.
Once the estimate has been approved, a 50% deposit is collected along with print-ready artwork. Materials are ordered, custom plates are created and the job is scheduled on press. (For projects requiring in-house design work, there will be additional lead-time before production). We’ll coordinate a time for you to press check a physical proof of your project, either in person or via email. Once the proof is approved, the job will go to print. Standard turnaround time is 2-3 weeks but may increase based on customization. The remainder of the balance is due upon completion. We’re obsessed with the details and we quality check, trim, and count each and every job by hand before it goes out the door. Orders are available for pick up at the shop and we offer local, national, and international shipping.
DEFINITION OF TERMS
In letterpress, a surface with raised letters or images is inked and pressed to the surface of the printing substrate to reproduce the image in reverse. We print all of our letterpress jobs by hand on a vintage 1952 Heidelberg Cylinder, a 1974 Heidelberg Windmill, and a 1910 Chandler & Price. The Cylinder can print up to 15" x 20", while the Windmill and the C&P can print up to a 9" x 12" image on up to a 10" x 15" sheet. We have slightly modified the traditional process by using polymer plates instead of setting lead or wooden type. Photopolymer plates allow us to print a much wider variety of designs. As long as the art can be separated into 2D layers of color, it can be converted into a polymer plate. Things to take into account when designing your letterpress project are how many colors you would like to have in your design and what those colors will be. Think about the weight, color and finish of the paper that you would like to print on. Determine the maximum amount of prints you would like to have out of your first run. You want to print as many as possible because print is more cost effective the higher the quantity.
Photopolymer is photosensitive material in sheet form that is exposed to UV lights through a negative of your artwork printed on film. The light shines through the clear sections of the film and hardens the polymer. The plate is washed out with water. The exposed areas are left to form the relief and the unexposed is washed away.
Edge painting is a process by which color is applied to the edges of cards, invitations, even books or journals.
Die cutting is a process that uses thin strips of steel, bent into a specific shape, in order to cut paper in that same shape. Die cutting can be used to punch holes in a larger card, or to trim the entire card into a specific shape or size.
if you find a paper you like but it does not come in a thick enough weight, or if you would like the paper to be a different color on each side, we can glue multiple sheets of paper together to create a custom style.
We have a hole driller that can punch a hole in many cards at once so that you can put a string through the cards for gift tags, or punch multiple holes for binding.
FOLDING AND COLLATING
We can pre-crease your cards or book pages with a die on the press so that they will have a uniform and smooth crease each time. We can also fold all of the cards once they have been creased and put them in their envelopes and or plastic sleeves to save you time.