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4 Steps to digitizing new products to get them ready for letterpress plates

4 Steps to digitizing new products to get them ready for letterpress plates

I am in the middle of putting together an epic new release for May and because of that this blog has been a little neglected. But no worries, I am not disappearing! 

Besides the new release I am also working on a big 3 part series about Handling disappointment and setbacks in working towards your goals. 

This series is based upon current events going on in my life right now and as I work on the release I am sneaking in bits and pieces of time to get this post series ready for you too. 

So in the meantime while I am cranking on new stuff here are a bunch of pretty process pictures of how I get one of my cards ready to print from sketch to digital file.

Step one draw:

Serenity As Fuck Sketch for a new greeting card release

Step 2: Proofread, fix, ink, and scan.

Scanned image of Serenity Now for new May greeting card release

 

Step 3: Convert to vector artwork

vector artwork for new card release for Serenity Now

Step 4: Choose the possible final color choices and make a digital mock up

Digital Mock up of Serenity Now

 When I go to get my letterpress plates made these 2 colors will be separated into 2 separate pieces of artwork that when placed on top of one another line up to create the image above.

Letterpress printing only allows for the printing of one color at a time, so each card is printed one color first and then the second color in another press session with a newly mixed ink. Everything must be manually lined up and inserted properly each time in order for a perfect print to result.

This is a labor of love and precision.

The finished product being a letterpress printed piece which cannot be replicated by any modern printing process (no matter how hard they try!). Letterpress is precious and begs to be touched, kept, and treasured.

Shop my entire collection and send some love to your besties that they will treasure not only for the quality of the card but also for the care and love that went into the selection and the thoughtfulness of the message that you include.

KIT,

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