Yesterday I delivered this custom wedding invitation, beautifully designed by the bride and her faithful brother. This job was really fun – a very original design and nice color combination. When I first received the digital files, I knew it was going to require a lot of focus and attention to get the registration *just* right (especially with this tight border).
A job like this also reminds me how important a precise guillotine cutter is for any letterpress printer. I get a fair amount of emails from beginner printers asking me the best way of cutting down a job. Personally I can’t believe people are ever hand-cutting jobs after they print them. I know “hand-cutting” sounds like a precise way to do it, but it’s virtually impossible to cut a whole stack consistently and it’ll give you a few panic attacks in the process.
What are your experiences with cutting jobs down? Any tips or nightmares you’d like to share or vent? Leave your comments below, I’d love to hear them. :)