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Photopolymer and Letterpress for Graphic Designers

August 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm



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Though the registration deadline has passed, there are still seats available for this class! Contact Jen Sheckels for more details.

A 2-Day Hybrid Workshop!

August 11, 6-7pm via Zoom and August 27, 2-hour In-Studio print session (time slot selected at registration).

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About this Workshop:

Combine your design knowledge with vintage letterpress printing techniques, and print your own designs using photopolymer plates! In this hybrid workshop, you will learn how to take your designs from sketches to computer layouts to letterpress printed pieces virtually via Zoom meeting. This session will cover the basics of printing with photopolymer plates, designing for letterpress printing, and how to create your file to order plates. Then, breaking into smaller groups, we’ll work in-studio to cover basic press operations, discuss individual project ideas, and print a small edition of your unique design on the Vandercook.

All students will meet on August 11 for the Zoom session. At registration, please select one of the following sessions for the in-studio printing session:

  • Session A: Saturday, August 27, 10am-12pm (2 students max)
  • Session B: Saturday, August 27, 1pm-3pm (2 students max)
  • Session C: Saturday, August 27, 3pm-5pm (2 students max)

Level: IntermediateFamiliarity with Adobe products is preferred, but not required (demonstration uses both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator). No letterpress experience required.

Registration closes August 2, 2022.  Information about how to prepare and have plates printed will be provided during the Zoom portion of the workshop. A materials fee has been included with your registration to cover paper and ink for the in-studio session.

Featured image(s) by Lauren Emeritz


Please Note: The online session will be recorded for Pyramid Atlantic’s private use to better optimize our programming and share as examples for funders. You may mute your microphone or turn off your camera if you do not wish to be recorded. Access to the recording(s) will be made available to all participants for a limited time.

Class Materials List:

Registration includes a $8 materials fee to cover paper and ink for the in-studio session. Students will need to supply additional materials of their own, including:

    • Personal photopolymer plate (details provided in session 1 via Zoom)
    • Pencil/paper for notes
    • Personal apron (substitute: wear clothes you don’t mind getting ink on)

Your Instructor:

Lauren Emeritz is a graphic designer, letterpress printer, and book artist. She enjoys wood type, carving type by hand, and of course the color orange. You can find her work at AbstractOrangePress.com.



“I love how the class was really tailored to what we wanted to get out of it.”

—Recent Workshop Attendee

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