Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get something printed?

1) We design and print your item using our wood or lead type and extensive range of ornaments/borders/cuts.

2) You supply us with a hi-res PDF of your artwork and we’ll make a plate from that and print from it.

How can I get a quote?

Emails asking us “How much do business cards cost?” will be laughed at and binned. Seriously though, there are so many options available that it would take years to answer that question and we simply don’t have the time. If you want a quote for something, try and be as specific as you can, it REALLY helps and we will love you for this.

A standard specification looks something like this:

250 85 x 55mm Business Cards
Single sided (1pp)
540gsm White Board
Two Pantone colours (032 Red & Black)
From artwork supplied

If you can use that format you will get a faster response. As for what paper companies we use, Paperback, GF Smith, Fenner & St Cuthberts Mill are a few of the ones you could have a look at.

What type of paper can you print on?

We can print on anything that will go through our presses. But we prefer to use 100% recycled stock where possible.

What size paper can you print onto?

As small as 85 x 55mm and as large as 508 x 635mm.

Can you print white on black? (Or any light colour on black?)

Yes, but it won’t look ‘white’ as white ink isn’t 100% opaque, meaning the result will be a sort of ‘grey’. We can ink it twice but this will cost more.

Can you print pictures?

Yes, line art works best. Halftones are hard to reproduce and have to be printed on our cylinder press.

Do you print Wedding Invites?

No. Any emails asking if we do will not be answered.

Do you do Foiling?

No.

Do you do edge painting?

Yes.

Do you run Workshops?

Yes. Regular workshops take place at West Yorkshire Print Workshop and one to one or group workshops take place at the workshop in Shipley. More details are on our Workshops page or get in touch via our Contact page.

Can I come and print my own business card/poster/invite etc?

Yes, but you’ll need one to one supervision for this.

Do you print with a ‘heavy impression’?

Yes, but only if requested and only with polymer plates or hot metal (Ludlow/Linotype).

How much ink do you have?

Enough to print with until the sun burns out.

Have you got loads of type?

Yes thanks.

Can you print full colour?

No. Full colour is more suited to offset litho or digital printing. Letterpress is GREAT for spot colours.

Do you work with design agencies/designers?

Yes, all the time.

Do you like dogs?

Only ones that can do funny dances and say ‘Monotype Composition Caster’.