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digital meets analog – beautifully

The relatively recent marriage of old and new technologies is what drew us back into the "black art' of printing: the ability to generate art on our state-of-the-art MacBook Pro, then turn around and print that digital creation on a 70-year-old, treadle-driven Chandler & Price printing press. Below are just a few examples of what happens when ink meets paper at the Rauhaus:


Kevin Rau delivers the finest quality letterpress goods at Rauhaus Design+Letterpress. HIGHLY recommend!

Mel, Fond du Lac, WI

Great guy to work with, invites were exactly what I wanted!

Mamee, Oshkosh, WI


We have a number of our original design prints available for sale on our STORE page. If you're interested in custom designed letterpress prints of any kind — business cards, invitations, etc. — please call or email. We love to chat about letterpress printing!

If you're interested in having a design printed of your own creation, please see the information below.

Contract printing

Creating digital files intended for letterpress printing:

1. When the type is pushed into the paper as it is with deep impression letterpress printing, letterforms appear to be closer together than when type is printed via offset. Therefore, be sure to track your type (we used to call it letterspacing) to a +25 value, minimum.


2. Before sending your file, outline all fonts and be sure they are 100% black. If you're sending a multi-color file to be printed, send it in the specified colors with each color on a separate layer. There is a $30 fee to prepare multi-color files.



Letterpress versus offset printing:

Letterpress is an imperfect printing method — that's why it was supplanted by offset printing! But that imperfection is part of the charm of letterpress, isn't it? We think so! To that end, here are a few things to keep in mind:


1. Large areas of solid color don't print completely solid. This is a limitation of the number and size of the rollers on antique presses, and the high level of absorbency of the cotton-content paper used. These issues combined result in what some letterpress printers refer to as a "salty" appearance to solid areas.


2. Pantone colors are approximated, not matched. while we can come very close, Pantone mixes are formulated for use in offset printing, not letterpress. In addition, since ink is added to the press by hand, there is some variation of ink coverage and color from print to print.


3. Large image areas offer limited impression depth. we compare this with being hit by a 4x8 sheet of plywood vs. being hit by a 2x4 board: when an impact is spread over a larger area (the 4x8 sheet), the effect is lessened. But when impact is concentrated (the 2x4), look out! The moral of the story? If deep impression is your goal, keep your artwork limited to text, line art, light pattern, and plenty of white space.


Clients who place printing orders are required to acknowledge their receipt and understanding of the above information via e-mail or in writing.


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Oshkosh, WI 54901

TEL  920.230.2702


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