Harold Kyle

Harold Kyle is founder and President of Boxcar Press in Syracuse, New York. Harold is the publisher of Letterpress Commons and one of its founders. He would like to write more articles some day, but for now the IT needs of Letterpress Commons keep him busy.

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Equipment

Letterpress Equipment Read about, help to document, or simply admire letterpress equipment in these sections: Museum Setting Up a Letterpress Shop Print Shop Tools Type Foundry Equipment Original Press Manuals Letterpress Plates and Bases Paper Letterpress Ink Letterpress Type Letterpress Maintenance Letterpress Restoration

Techniques

Letterpress Techniques Hone your technique or share a handy printing tip in these sections Letterpress Printing Instruction Letterpress Troubleshooting Hand Composition Letterpress Printmaking Technique Digital Letterpress Letterpress Ink

Letterpress Commons Press Gallery

Letterpress Museum Browse a virtual museum of letterpress equipment: Tabletop Platens Floor Model Platens Cylinder Presses Handpresses Shop Equipment Type Foundry Equipment

Meta: Filter and Manufacturer Counts for Print/Trip

The main Print/Trip map shows several hard-coded searches underneath the map options. The locations shown are driven by “manufacturers,” the manufacturers of the equipment at each location, and “filters,” generally a capability or a line of business for the location. These values are driven by the location’s account page settings. … Continue reading

Print/Trip

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Fonts

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Types of Artwork Overview

Before sending artwork for platemaking, and even before you begin the design process for letterpress, it’s important to understand how different file formats work. The decision whether or not to create a vector image in Adobe Illustrator or a raster image in Adobe Photoshop, for instance, can dramatically affect how … Continue reading

Software

There are myriad file formats available for output, but some work better for letterpress file preparation than others. It’s important to check with your service bureau to see what file formats they prefer to receive–it’s also important to know the advantages and disadvantages of the most commonly used formats. File … Continue reading

Borders

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Photopolymer Platemaking By Hand

Platemaking by hand is a straightforward process. Photopolymer plates have a light-sensitive surface on either plastic backing or metal backing. A film negative is placed over the plate surface, secured with Kreene or a glass covering, and exposed to ultraviolet light. Where the light hits the plate, the plate is … Continue reading

Using a Base

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Using a Photopolymer Base

Photopolymer bases provide a foundation to make thin photopolymer plates type high. When mounted with the proper plate material, they should print like any other letterpress form. That said, there are some special considerations when registering the base depending on what type of press you use. Lockup and Registration Bases … Continue reading

Scoring

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Cutting

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Lock up

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Tympan

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Packing

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Organization

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Layout

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Wood Type

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Metal Type

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Cutters

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