O'Reilly logo

Production for Print by Mark Gatter

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

From Letterpress to Litho

For centuries, the only kind of commercial printing available was letterpress (fig. 1.3), a process in which a matrix of assembled metal type characters was first inked and then pressed against a sheet of paper, thus transferring the image. Then, in the early 1830s, photography was invented. This paved the way for all kinds of changes, including new methods for creating the images used in letterpress printing and, somewhat later, in offset litho (fig. 1.4). It took about sixty years for offset litho, first used in the early twentieth century, to steal the bulk of the printing market away from letterpress—a market that was still being fought over into the early 1960s. Even in the late 1970s it was not uncommon to find ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required