Normally people want a paper thick enough to produce a deep impression, while it must be able to show the finest details. The letterpress process harks back to the classic days of high-quality craftsmanship not found in most modern printing methods. The process requires a high degree of skill, but in the right hands, letterpress excels at fine typography. Because the printing process lays down one color at a time, it’s important to select a paper that will absorb the ink evenly.
Cotton papers have been a favorite choice among letterpress printers and designers due to their durability to withstand pressure from the press. No other printing process produces more favorable results than letterpress, so it’s even more critical to experiment on a variety of papers.