Dirty Slab

Dirty Slab old letterpress font with free download

Dirty Slab, an old letterpress style font. It’s been ages since I last wrote a post – things get in the way of my good intentions. So this one is well overdue. I really do love an old letterpress font, and if it has a free version of the typeface, even better!
Dirty Slab Variations

Dirty Slab Variations

Dirty slab was inspired by Hamilton press and old letterpress fonts. I saw a documentary on sky, it was all about them and how they dominated wood type in America. Good honest folks trying to keep a working museum alive. They now have a new home, and teach people like me how things use to be, before computers.

Not very often you see such a niche program on the gogglebox – pop over to their website for more information they also have a shop where you can buy prints and t-shirts.

Letterpress fonts and printing

Letterpress what’s that about anyway? It’s a way of relief printing or printing from raised blocks of wood or metal type, using a printing press.

Remember doing potato printing when you were a kid? It’s the same principle as that.

It involves a person who creates and locks movable type (metal or wood) into the bed of a press. They then add ink to the type and presses paper against it, this transfers the ink to the paper and creates the print. History lesson over.

Dirty slab

I wanted a big, bold, eroded slab look. Something that looked like it was printed on an old letterpress machine. Something that would stand out.
I wanted texture on it, and I wanted lots of versions of the font.

Texture was key to the design. I spent ages with wood print textures, but they never made it into the font. Too many points, I kept reducing and reducing the points until the end result was not the effect I was looking for. I decided against texture for now, really annoying but the next time I try this I’m going to nail it.

What I ended up with was six versions of the font all listed below

  • Dirty Slab Regular
  • Dirty Slab 3D
  • Dirty Slab Drop shadow
  • Dirty Slab Extended
  • Dirty Slab Rough
  • Dirty Slab Alternate shadow

An example of how you could use Dirty Slab

Dirty Slab

Dirty Slab Regular

Dirty Slab font – the free version

You can get the free version (with just uppercase letters) below. The others cost just $2 each. They are tested on a mac but not on a PC, as I don’t own one.

Dirty Slab font usage

Feel free to download and use the free version for your noncommercial work, I wouldn’t suggest using this as a web font as it will look real bad. The typeface is not yet tested on a PC.

Download free version

This only has uppercase glyphs only for the dirty slab drop, you need to pay with a tweet, or facebook or LinkedIn. You need an account with one of those providers to download. You need to stop pop-up blockers as they will block downloads. Pay with a tweet will not spam you, you don’t need to enter any email address, you just give it permission to post 1 item to your twitter or other account. If you don’t like that, then it’s not for you. Walk away. It’s not for you.

Please note: Although this font is free, it can not be distributed by individuals, bulletin board systems, FTP sites, WWW sites, etc., without prior permission.

Dirty slab commercial version

Get Dirty Slab

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