Articles about Hand Composition

Ready to abandon inches for picas and drawers for cases? Welcome to the world of enlightened typesetting!


In the letterpress market you will find products with varying depths of printing impression. On one end of the spectrum is the traditionally-favored “kiss impression,” in which the printer applied just enough pressure to the type or printing plate to give adequate ink coverage on the paper, but the resulting … Continue reading

Setting Type By Hand

Setting type by hand, one sort, or letter, at a time, takes a great deal of patience and practice. These guidelines will facilitate the hand typesetting process and are important to the longevity of the type. 10 Steps to Perfect Typesetting Count your sorts! Make sure you have enough type in … Continue reading