Riso Guide

Risograph printing a bit different than typical methods of printing. The process is often thought of as a combination of a 90s office copier and screen-printing. Risographs yield prints with a lot of personality and unpredictable registration. This unique character mixed with bold colored inks is what makes Riso prints so special.

If you're new to this process, below are a few things you may like to know. If you have any questions, Meesh is here to help you through.

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About Riso Printers
Risographs print one ink color at a time. The more colors you add to your print, increases the labor, supplies, and overall cost of your project. If you're looking for low-cost printing, keep the ink count to 1 or 2 colors.

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Available Ink Colors
*We are slowly adding new colors to our lineup. If you don't see a color you'd like, send us a message.

  • Fluorescent Pink
  • Fluorescent Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Royal Blue
  • Black
  • Metallic Gold (costs extra)

Paper Weight
Risograph machines are picky eaters. They prefer uncoated papers with thicknesses ranging from 60# Text to 80# Cover. We have a number of sheets in stock that our printer really likes, and may work for your project too.

Paper Size & Print Area
Our machine can print up to 11x17 inch sheets. The largest imprint area is 10x16 inches.

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Quality Control
Printing with a Risograph involves embracing imperfection. We are able to manage imperfections to a point, but to avoid them altogether is a fool's errand. Below are a few common quirks we like to embrace.

  • Registration: For artwork that requires 2+ ink colors, the alignment between 2 colors can be off about 1/16th of an inch. Printing artwork that embraces this shift is best.
  • Coverage: The ink may lay down with some faint ghost spots, and the ink density will vary print to print. No two prints are exactly the same.
  • Banding: The ink pushes through 4 points onto the screens, which can give the appearance of thicker coverage on the edges and middle of the paper. We only see this happening with specific ink colors. Most of the time it's imperceptible, but it can crop up from time-to-time.
  • Smudging: Soy ink dries on top of the paper, instead of soaking into it. Which means it can sometimes smudge. Avoid full bleeds on prints that will be handled frequently (like books or menus).

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If you have any questions, please send an email to Meesh. Let's print something!