The Smart Set was invited as guests to the MN AIGA Fellows program last Friday, June 15th. In a collaborative project with our good friends at Studio On Fire, we received beautiful, letterpress printed covers which we scored, combined with text pages printed on our Xerox 770 Digital Press, and stitched to create programs for the event. The program was printed on the new Neenah Environment Natural 80 lb. text and 130 lb. cover in the new “eggshell” finish, donated by the mill. It was great to see three new AIGA Fellows, John DuFresne, Monica Little, and Heather Olson, inducted into this elite group. As usual, the food and facilities at Solara were excellent. We’re seeing quite a bit more letterpress/digital hybrid jobs, whether it’s printing full color backs mounted onto letterpress business cards, full color floods on sheets which are then letterpress printed, or, as in this case, a letterpress cover with digital guts. Hope this gives some food for thought for our many letterpress clients; we speak your language and can help you add value to your work in sometimes unexpected ways!
We’ve been making film negatives from computer files for longer than just about anyone else still in business. We were the first shop in Minneapolis to utilize a Postscript RIP connected to a Linotronic imagesetter way back in 1986. Some of our most dedicated clients are our letterpress customers, and we’re now pleased to announce the addition of photopolymer plate making to our range of services.
We can make plates up to 8.5×11 in size, and we offer two different heights of plate material, the KF95 for standard bases, and the KF152 for platen presses and deep relief bases. Plates come with adhesive back and a hard proof on our proofing press. Pricing is $15 for a 4″X5″ plate, $28 for an 8.5″X5.5″ plate, or $55 for an 8.5″X11″ plate. Turnaround is 1-2 days. (We do have a shop minimum of $25 per order.)
We now have an A2 16″x24″ platemaker, so we can do plates up to 12″x24″! (Film output is 12″ wide by any length.) Pricing has changed to make it easier to figure your final price.
KF95 Standard plates . . . . . . . .62 cents / sq. inch
KF152 Deep Relief plates . . . . . .67 cents / sq. inch
As we build our volume and offerings, we’ll be putting out more information, but for you early adopters, we’re set and ready to go. If you have any questions, contact Smart Set Production Manager and Master Printmaker Brian Aldrich at 612.339.7725.
Remember, we don’t do any letterpress printing ourselves, so you don’t have to worry about your client files at Smart Set, though with our 25 years experience as pre-press experts, we can help you identify problems before they cost you time and expense.