Indianapolis Printers - Printing Partners
Letterpress Services
Old world craftsmanship goes hand-in-hand with our letterpress department.
Our employees are masters in their field, and take pride in the material we create. While we strive to offer the latest and greatest in printing technology, we continue to uphold the craftsmanship that our industry was founded upon.

Letterpress is a special part of the finishing process. Our skilled operators are experts in foil stamping, die cutting and embossing/debossing and can add a unique flair that allows your message to stand out.

We look forward to partnering with your staff to create a piece that you will be proud of. To learn more about the opportunities available within our letterpress department, contact one of our sales representatives today and discover how our master craftsmen can be put to use on your next project.

A cure for digital fatigue — a yearning for individualised pieces, craftsmanship and a tactile experience. In our digital world, letterpress — with its old-fashioned metal, last-century mechanical devices and hands-on feel has become the latest, coolest tool in a designers toolbox.

Whether you want your brand introductions to look more expensive or you’re a designer looking for a way to expand the breadth of work in your portfolio, letterpress is the answer.

Foil Stamping — the application of metallic or pigmented foil on to a solid surface by application of a heated die onto foil, it permanently adheres to the surface of the paper leaving the design of the die. Foils come in a wide variety of colors and finishes, the most commonly used are metallic gold and silver. But many other foils with pearlescent and holographic effects are available.

Embossing / Debossing — embossing and debossing are the processes of creating either raised or recessed relief images and designs in paper. An embossed pattern is raised against the background, while a debossed pattern is sunken into the surface of the material. There are also combination dies that can do both emboss and deboss at the same time.

Die Cutting — die cutting is the process of using a die to cut or punch a design into paper, paperboard, plastics, or adhesive label stock. There is also Laser Die Cutting, this is used for very fine detail cuts or intricate patterns.

Scoring — scoring is the the act of creating a line or depression in paper that will help the paper fold. There are two ways of performing a score, with a rotory scoring tool which is typically employed in mechanical folders or with a letterpress. A rotory score cuts the paper fibers slightly to allow the fibers to bend during folding, this process is very fast and is suitable for very large quantity runs. A letterpress score crushes the paper fibers producing more of a rounded score, this is better suited for heavier weight paper stocks and for smaller quantities. The letterpress score is also more desirable for higher-end projects.

Sequential Numbering — our letterpress machines are capable of imprinting sequential numbers. Although sequential numbering can be done variably in our digital printing department, if you are sequentially numbering NCR forms a letterpress solution may be a better solution.

Letterpress Equipment

We can die cut up to 20.5 x 26.5 inches.

We can foil stamp areas up to 12 x 18 inches.

Download our guide on how to create files for letterpress here.

Die Examples
Letterpress Cutting Die
This is an example of a cutting and scoring die, loaded into our Heidelberg Windmill letterpress.
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Letterpress Foil die
This is an example of a foil die.
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