Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Let's Make A Deal (pretty please)

Do you understand terms like
  • press-ready PDF with fonts embedded?

  • CMYK?

  • lineart, bitmap, linescreen, halftone?

If so, will you please keep reading? I came across a reputable company that makes custom letterpress plates. The thing is, the company asks for either a press-ready PDF file (with fonts embedded) or an EPS file, but I don't think my free version of Adobe whatchamacallit makes high-res .pdf files and I don't have a clue what an eps file is.

I have a good idea of what I'd like to make, but I don't know how to prepare it. If this sounds like something you could help me with (please, oh please!), may I babysit for you, or treat you to dinner, or make a stack of custom letterpress cards for you, or (insert grand idea here)? Here's the info from the printer: here and here. My local print shop charges $0.30 per minute to use their software, so that's an option for me, but if you already own appropriate software and can navigate me through the process, I'd rather a friend pocket my money than Kinkos.

*crossing my fingers*


  1. I saw your comment on Boxcar and would not mind preparing files for you ....I am awaiting my first plates from Boxcar that I designed (I don't have a letterpress yet!!!). Just let me know:
    Tail Wags,

  2. I hope you get the custom designs you want. I know you like to design Your Own Way. good luck.