These are a handful of questions we are commonly asked. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call or email the shop. 401-831-3120 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- What is your average turnaround time?
For most jobs, our turnaround time is two weeks from the date we receive final file approval and a deposit. This can vary depending on our schedule and the job at hand.
- How do I contact you for a quote?
Give us a call, 401-831-3120, or send us an email, email@example.com. We can generally get you a quote the next day. Give us as much information as you can when you reach out (quantity, numbers of pieces, colors, papers etc).
- How expensive is it to print with DWRI?
Not as expensive as you’d think (usually!). Send us an email or quote request and we can send some pricing information your way. We generally don’t publish our pricing online since each project we work on is custom.
- I’ve done my homework and you guys seem like you’re way too cheap to be a quality printer? What’s the deal?
We are a commercially oriented shop and can offer inexpensive prices while maintaining the utmost quality. Ask us for samples!
- My quote request came back and it’s out of my budget! What can we do?
We know letterpress printing is not a perfect fit for everybody but we want to make it as affordable as we can. Let us know we’re off the mark and we can readjust our choice of paper stock or the number of printing colors to make it work.
- How can I pay you?
We accept cash, credit cards (with a 2.9% processing fee), and checks. We’ll generally ask for a 25% deposit before we get started. The remainder is due on delivery unless you’ve made other arrangements.
- Can you print without ink?
Yes, that’s called a blind deboss. We can either print a true blind deboss or add a clear varnish for extra definition.
- How do I pick an ink color?
We use the PMS in the shop and custom mix colors to match what you’ve specified. You’ll need to supply us with an uncoated number. If you’re printing on a colored paper, we can advise how it might interact with your chosen color. Always remember, color on a digital screen will be different than a physical swatch so borrow a book from a friend or come use our copy at the shop.
- Can I see a physical proof?
Yes, but they can be rather expensive. The bulk of the cost associated with letterpress printing is with the setup so printing one can often be near the cost of a much longer print run. We’ll confirm placement and separations with you via digital proofs.
- Can you print white ink on black paper?
Usually not! White letterpress ink is not as opaque when printed. Letterpress printing is strongest when printing a dark ink on a lighter paper. We can always foil stamp in white or print silver ink on black if you’re attached to that idea.
- I want something embossed, do you do that?
Yes, but! Letterpress printing usually results in an debossment where the type or image is pressed into the paper. Embossing results in the type or image being raised from the surface of the paper. We do both but 99% of the jobs we do are debossed. Send us an email if you have a specific project in mind and we can talk specifics.
- Do you offer foil stamping?
We do! Foil pricing will always be higher than regular letterpress printing so keep that in mind as you are planning your job. The more area to cover, the greater the cost.
- Do you just do letterpress printing?
Yes! That let’s us focus in on what we’re best at though we work with offset, digital, and silkscreen contractors regularly to complete jobs that need those techniques.
- I want bumpy printing with the raised lettering. Am I in the right place?
Maybe, but it sounds like you’re thinking thermography. We have some folks in RI we can send you to but it’s not something we offer at this time.
- Do you offer flat printing?
Letterpress usually always has some texture though we can vary the amount of impression. You may want offset or digital printing. We don’t offer either in house but work with a few contractors and can advise you as to the best way to incorporate those techniques into your letterpress project.
- Do you offer assembly and addressing services?
Yes! We can print your wedding suite, assembly it, address the envelopes and hand cancel them for you at the post office. Pricing can vary depending on the number of pieces so please let us know you’re interested in those options during quoting.
- I don’t have a design in mind but kind of know what I want. Can you help me?
We do offer design services and can work from inspiration or ideas that you bring in. We’ll work together to make your piece match up as closely as we can to what’s in your head.
- I am working with a designer, will you print someone else’s files?
Definitely! We’ll want to check in with your designer or take a look at the files to let you know if there are any printing concerns we have and if the file is press ready.
- Is my file press ready?
We can work with files from Adobe Illustrator, InDesign or similar programs that work with type. We can not use Photoshop files or word processing files since they tend to distort type. We’ll need typefaces to be outlined or attached and set to swatch colors. Let us know what program you’re in and we can get more specific or convert files for you for a fee.