Category: Tutorials

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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...