The invention of moveable type and the printing press is credited to Johann Gutenberg in the mid-15th century. Although printing presses have dramatically changed since their invention the principle remains the same. Raised images or type are placed in the bed of a press and then a print is made using immense pressure and ink.
Letterpress stationery today is often printed using either photo-polymer or magensium plates. Printing plates can be made from art designed on the computer. Hand-set type, wood and linoleum carvings are also commonly used for posters and other artwork. Today, letterpress is known for it’s distinctive crisp impressions on soft cotton paper.