Above is our In-house Font Menu. Letterpress can be printed in one of two ways.
The first, is a typeset design. Typesetting utilizes physical pieces of lead font that are composed letter-by-letter, by hand, by the printer. The completed typeset is then properly spaced, aligned and registered to be printed on the press. This method is how printing was done in the past, it is still timeless and classic in every way. At Mon Petit Paper Co. type setting is a big part of what we love to do. The Font Menu above was hand set and displays all of our various fonts and the corresponding point sizes we have them available in. You can see we have a decent collection of Sans Serif, Serif and Ornamental fonts.
The second way you can print with letterpress is by using sheets of raised plastic called, polymer plates. This process begins with a design created from Photoshop and/or Illustrator. Once the design is complete, it is sent off to a company who takes your digital file and makes it into 'a mold of sorts'. Imagine a thin sheet of plastic that on one side has your digital image and fonts raised (kind of like when you feel braille). On the backside of this sheet is an industrial double-sided sheet of tape that then sticks onto a block of metal which locks into our press and allows us to make the printed material. This form of letterpress is crucial for printing logos, specific fonts not available to be set by hand, graphic designs, patterns and ornamentation desired for specific event announcements and more. All of letterpress has to either be designed in the type room by the printer or by a digital designer and sent for plates.
These two forms can be used together or separate. For example, you can have a printed material where you use a digital pattern or design as well as hand set type..