Author: Kenny Oravetz

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Letterpress Goes 3D 2020-2021 Report and Overview

Introduction In order to share the activity of the Letterpress Goes 3D, or LG3D, we first must share the definition and potential of “letterpress.” Letterpress was the dominant printing technology from the 16th century to the early 20th century, and continues to be used today for educational, historical, and artisanal...

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Letterpress Goes 3D: Preparing a Digital Font for Wood Engraving Using Illustrator

In this post, we’ll be going over how you can create wooden letterpress blocks of a digital font of your choosing. Each block will correspond to an individual letter which can be used to create, or “compose,” lines of type for letterpress printing. Blocks of a particular type (e.g. “A,”...

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Letterpress Goes 3D: Preparing Historical Images for Wood Engraving Using Photoshop and Illustrator

The process to prepare a historical image for laser cutting is slightly more complex and time-intensive than preparing a born-digital image because you will likely have to do some restoration work. If you are new to Photoshop in particular, you will likely have a much easier time creating a laser...

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Letterpress Goes 3D: Preparing a Born-Digital Image for Wood Engraving Using Photoshop and Illustrator

This tutorial will show you how to convert a digital image into a vector image that can then be laser cut to create a wooden letterpress block for printing. Essentially, this guide will take you from digital image to woodcut! Before you begin, it is important to ensure that the...