• This is not some cute boutique. We offer full letterpress production for creative professionals.
    Ring 1-330-337-3341 to discuss your project.
Working with Letterpress
Busting Our Nuts


Cranky Pressman is a commercial letterpress printer located in the depressed town of Salem, OH. The sole reason we still operate this primitive sweatshop is to serve our growing list of persnickety customers throughout the country. We produce custom letterpress printing for graphic designers, illustrators, art directors and all manner of creative professionals with their black turtlenecks, pipes and lofty ideas. We don’t tout design work ourselves but instead break our backs to make you look good.

What we do offer is old-fashioned know-how, full letterpress production and binding capabilities, all at damn reasonable prices. The bulk of our workload includes materials such as business cards, letterheads, stationery, envelopes, folders, booklets, postcards, folded cards, invitations, tickets, coasters, hang-tags, labels, packaging, posters and all form of letterpress ephemera. Die-cutting, embossing, short and long print runs are accommodated.

Look at Cranky Pressman’s flickr site for examples of our work. Also take a gander at our house paper selections, Intended to help keep prices down. All house papers were chosen for maximum creative opportunity and recycled content. They range from basic chipboard to fancy 100% cotton rag. Vegetable-based inks are used for printing (if we must be friendly it might as well be to the environment).

We are in the process of completely remodeling the area of this website where you will be able to order letterpress printing online. When finished it will give customers a way to purchase some of their basic letterpress printing needs, such as business cards and invitations, without having to email us or endure our grumbling voices on the phone. This is the plan anyway, but we are sure people will still want to get on the horn to disturb us. We are okay with this and look forward to hearing from you.

Designing for letterpress requires a different creative approach. We’ve cobbled together parts of this website to help people better understand this old-time medium. Any fresh-faced designers or those who need to brush up on how to work with letterpress should visit the Letterpress Trade School.

Also, keep an eye on our blog below if you so desire. Besides keeping you up to date on what us old folks are up to, we will drone on about letterpress techniques, materials, production art and design as well as other tedious subjects.

Letterpress is not the easiest form of print production, but those familiar with the tactile look and feel it brings to a graphic piece understand why we go to all the bother.

In case you are unfamiliar with letterpress, it is not suited for every type of project. Anyone who’s looking for slick full-color printing should drop us a line and we will gladly tell you where to go. If however you know what you want, that being letterpress, send us an e-mail or ring 1-330-337-3341 to discuss your job. You’re sure to catch us sweating over someone’s work.

Get straight to work

No time for messing around? Give us a call at 330-337-3341 or fill in the quote request form below with your project details and we will get right on it.

Quote Request Form


*Required Fields

*First Name

*Last Name





*Project Name

*Number of different pieces in project. (i.e. 2, folded card and envelope)

Types of pieces in the project:
Business CardsCoastersInvitationsInvitation SetEnvelopesStationeryPackagingHang TagsPromo PiecesDirect Mail PiecesPostcardsPosters or Art PrintsOther

Other types of pieces in project include:

Production processes needed include:
LetterpressFoil-stampingLithography and LetterpressOther

*Project Description


Choose a house stock:

Or, specify a non-house paper stock:



Other quantities to be quoted:


Enter specs for first main piece here. Info on any additional pieces can be entered further below.

*No. of Ink Colors Front (outside)

*No. of Ink Colors Back (inside)

*Is one of your ink colors black?

*Trim Size

*Will there be a bleed?



Specifications for any additional pieces in project:
Specs for additional pieces same as Main Piece aboveSee below for additional specsSee attached for additional specs

Do you have any other project notes?


If possible please upload rough layouts, spec sheets and/or artwork files. It often helps us better understand a project and determine ways to save money.

Upload Files

For file sizes 20MB or larger, please e-mail us for uploading instructions.

Please submit and we will contact you with any questions.

  • This is not some cute boutique. We offer full letterpress production for creative professionals.
    Ring 1-330-337-3341 to discuss your project.
Working with Letterpress

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