Split fountain printing

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split fountain printing

Of all the kinds of printing available, split fountain is without a doubt my favourite.

If you’re not familiar with the process… Typically when printing, a single colour only is used in each ink fountain (pictures to follow), and while gradients can be printed using modern process colour printing – the standard mix of cyan, magenta, yellow and black found in your average home/office printer – printing methods like letterpress are typically limited to solid colours as a wooden or metal block stamps a colour into a stock, a method which doesn’t allowing blending of multiple densities and layers of ink.

By blending inks directly in the fountain, split fountain printing allows for some wonderful effects in letterpress and screen printing which otherwise wouldn’t be achievable, combining blends of colour with the more exotic stocks and debossing effects that aren’t available with standard offset printing.

The best of both worlds.

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The Los Angeles Printing Fair

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los angeles printing fair

I recently travelled to the USA and as fate would have it, I was fortunate enough to be in Los Angeles for the annual printers fair at the International Printing Museum. If you get the chance, I highly recommend visiting a future fair.

Read on for photos of the fair…

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Answering “how much does printing X cost”

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ink fountain

When in the preliminary stages of a graphic design project involving print, people often contact me asking something along the lines of “How much for 1,000 business cards”. While it might seem that many business cards are more or less equal, there are a dozen factors which dramatically affect the cost of printing, and without knowing more about your desired outcome answering the question accurately can be tough.

While it’s a reasonable assumption for clients to make that the cost of putting ink to paper should not vary much, different outcomes can require significantly more labour on behalf of the printer and also need additional equipment to achieve the desired result.

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Find work experience at a printing house; Advice for design students/new designers

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letterpress feed table

While “book learning” is all well and good, in my opinion nothing beats hands on experience.

While undertaking my studies in graphic design years ago and learning about printing – the printing equipment itself, printing processes and how to prepare print ready artwork for clients – by far the most useful information wasn’t learnt in the classroom, but when volunteering for work experience at a printing house.

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Something borrowed, something pink

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pink wedding invitations

I’m all for tradition, but there is definitely a part of me that loves a more outlandish approach to things. These fluorescent pink wedding invitations by The Hungry Workshop (in letterpress, my favourite) definitely fall into that category.

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Edge painting business cards

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colour edging letterpress

You’ve got the front and rear of your business card designed and printed. Now how about the sides? Edge painting, or colour edging if you prefer, is a great addition to really make your business card stand out.

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New stocks and typeface from Conqueror

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conqueror sans emboss

Conqueror have recently added another half dozen papers to their already popular stock. To accompany their latest releases, Conqueror also have a small but great collection of fonts that are available, for free, to download from their webpage.

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A pocket full of business cards

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business card designs

In my travels I always make sure to keep an eye out for interesting business card designs, and pick up a few wherever possible to add to the inspiration pile.

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The play more more more notepad – Turn scrap paper into sport

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sports notepad

With this notepad from Trapped In Suburbia, you can shoot some hoops or toss the football around and get a pinch of exercise while disposing of your dud ideas.

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Unusual shape business cards

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business card design

How many standard size business cards have you seen go straight into a rollerdex to be skimmed over and forgotten like the rest? A change in shape could fix that.

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