Risograph Printing —


Notes on the Process:

The Risograph is not a high quality print process- it's a cheap, quick and funky alternative to screenprinting that has inherit limitations to output quality. If consideration is taken on the design side (trapping, overprinting, minimizing ink laydown, etc.) many issues will be calmed.

Screenprinting is always suggested over the Riso for a higher quality and a fully controlled print process. It is highly recommended that you do your research and familiarize yourself with the process beforehand.

Registration will not be perfect. It is best to assume that misreg will happen. Part of the appeal of this process is the slight variation present across an edition- generally the shift tolerance in reg is between 0-2mm.

It is not uncommon in multi-layer prints, or prints with heavy ink laydown to experience roller marks along the leading edge. Luckily, these can be erased easily with a soft eraser. As a general rule, the less ink laydown the better. Full floods tend to have a salty or mottled appearance due to the ink laydown process within the machine and can cause numerous issues if run on the earlier end of the layer build up.

The Risograph can print on a variety of uncoated paper sizes and stocks. 11x17 is the max paper size. Risographs cannot print full bleed on 11x17 sheets - please leave a .375" border on all sides.




All print work is priced on a custom basis.

Please EMAIL with specs (size, quantity, number of ink colors, etc.) and a digital proof (if possible) and an estimate will be returned within 24 hours.

French and Neenah are preferred paper vendors. 100# is the maximum paper weight on the Riso.

Turn times are generally 6-10 business days (depending on quantity) from final artwork receipt.

Any job needing delivery under the 6-10 day turn time will be subject to rush fees. Rush jobs under six days are subject to job cost plus 25%. Under three days- plus 50%. Under two days- plus 75%.

Minimum order of 50qty.

All shipping costs are included in final invoice.

On-press documentary photography is offered for $65, which includes each layer plus rack photos.

Any project over $1000 requires a 50% material deposit. Payment can be made by credit card (via phone or online) or by check (in person or by mail).

A digital proof will be delivered for approval pre-printing. A photo proof of the final layer on-press is available for $20.


Art Specs:

Please EMAIL for a current ink availability list.

Files must be in Illustrator, Photoshop or PDF format.

Saved out to 1:1 (5” x 8”, 11” x 17”, etc.) at 300dpi.

The best way to deliver files is in layered AI or PSD format, with each layer containing a color separation. Compressed and sent either through email or through an online FTP such as WeTransfer.

All files must be delivered with layers, separations and trapping included, fonts and strokes converted to outlines.

Color separations, trapping and file clean-up are offered at $50 per hour if you are unable.