Impress Me: Illustrating for Letterpress Premium class

Tom Froese, Illustrator and Designer

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11 Videos (1h 3m)
    • Trailer

    • The Project: Design a Greeting Card

    • Letterpress Basics

    • Letterpress Lingo

    • Key Photoshop Tools

    • Step 1: Start Sketching

    • Step 2: Create Artwork

    • Step 3: Organize Layers by Colour

    • Step 4: Create Colour Separations

    • Step 5: Create a Digital Proof

    • Conclusion


About This Class

Everybody loves letterpress! With warm textures, beautiful colour reproduction, and an impression you can actually feel, letterpress is the specialty printing technique of choice for eye catching invitations, greeting cards and art prints.

What illustrator or designer doesn't dream of working with letterpress? But where to start? With a focus on letterpress basics and how they apply to illustration, this class is for anyone who wants to know more about this fascinating printing technique. Join illustrator Tom Froese as he walks you, step by step, through the process of designing a 2 colour greeting card for letterpress. Along the way, you'll learn about key letterpress concepts, incredibly useful Photoshop techniques, and you'll get a good sense of the differences between digital and print design. By learning and understanding these fundamental concepts and techniques, you'll be that much closer to the dream of having your work lettepress printed.

Those who have taken Tom Froese’s Inky Illustrations class will especially benefit from this class, as you will be able to pick up from his in depth creative process and take your illustration skills to the next level.

34 of 34 students recommendSee All

This was an easy to follow, step-by-step fun and informative class. I highly recommend it!
I loved this course. I'm a complete novice at setting up files for letterpress and Tom's instruction made it seem simple. I definitely recommend!
Absolutely recommended.





Tom Froese

Illustrator and Designer

Hello, Skillshare folks! I am an independent illustrator and designer living and working in the rural village of Yarrow, British Columbia, Canada. I primarily work in editorial and retail illustration, and my client list includes Wired UK, Monocle, Laurence King Publishing, Papyrus (the greeting cards, not the font!) and Chipotle Mexican Grill. On the side, I regularly collaborate on letterpress projects, such as greeting cards and multi-illustrator print sets with my friend Vincent Perez at Everlovin’ Press. 

My work is characterized by physical textures and handmade linework combined with simple, solid shapes and bold colour palettes. I have a passion for the peculiar and enjoy depicting the often subtle but humourous things that I find in everyday life.