Frequently Asked Questions...
Please know this page is an attempt to provide instant answers to questions that we have found to be most frequently asked. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you and to discuss the details of your project. Simply drop us a quick email with a return phone number and mention a convenient time to reach you.
What is the inspiration behind the name "Wolf Gap Studios"?
We are located 2 miles from a campground called Wolf Gap Recreation Area. It has a rich and intersting history. It was the location of one of the first Civilian Conservation Corps camps in the 1930's. This one exclusively for African Americans. It sits directly on the Virginia and West Virginia border and serves as trail heads for two great hikes; Tibbets Knob and Big Scholss. But I like to imagine the Indians named it centuries ago for more obvious reasons.
What is the difference between Offset and Letterpress?
Offset uses an aluminium printing plate that contains your image. One plate for each color. The image area is water repellant while the non-image areas are water receptive. The offset process uses a dampening unit to apply a thin film of water across the plate followed by an inking system that then applies ink to only the areas where water is absent. The image area is then in turn applied to a sheet of rubber on a cylinder called a blanket. From here the image is transferred to the paper. Most commercially available products (newspapers, magazines, business cards) are produced by this technology. You cannot feel the images on the sheet.
Letterpress is the way printing was produced for centuries world wide until the early 1960's. The image is created with lead or wood type or engravings, that are inked (no water or chemicals) then pressed in direct contact with the paper. Today we are using a "deep impression" process to deboss the images into the sheet from a raised rubber plate. You can actually feel and see the difference.
How many colors are possible?
There is no real limit to the number of colors however each color is applied as a seperate press run so it will make the project more expensive and may effect the schedule as drying time must be accounted for.
Can Pictures and Screen Tints be produced?
Letterpress is most suited for line art. Dots that are used to print screen tints and photographs do not reproduce very well. In most cases we recomend choosing a second lighter color in place of a screen tint. There are occasions in which we print photographs so if you have a something in mind lets discuss it...it is not impossible!
How fine can lines and type be?
Line width shoud be .25 point or .003 minimium. Hair lines will not reproduce. We can use type styles and fonts created on your computer. However please refrain from any type below 6 point.
Can you produce reverse type in solid areas?
This is possible but with some limitations to type style and size, most cases 12 point or larger.
Can you print light colors on dark paper?
There is nothing limiting this effect except many people are used to looking at offset printed products and have a hard time imagining how it will look on letterpress. IT WILL LOOK DIFFERENT but we have produced and have seen others produce very nice products which are on dark papers. You will experience show through...like painting a wall white that was previously red -could appear pink!
How large can my piece be?
Generally speaking your final product needs to be 13x19 or smaller.
Can you print on envelopes?
We can produce envelopes with print on either the flap or the front.
How much will my project cost and what forms of payment?
Every project is estimated and a quotation given before work begins. A 50% deposit is required with a signed contract and the balance due prior to shipping. We use pay-pal for all transactions so that you may use any payment means you wish...credit card, check etc.