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Everything you need to know about Risograph printing.

Posters, flyers, comics, booklets or artwork - it's easier than you think to create beautiful riso prints!


WHAT IS RISOGRAPH?


Risograph printing is a low-cost, eco-friendly print process with a unique aesthetic. Invented in the 80s as a cheap duplicator, riso is now really popular with graphic designers, artists and illustrators.

The process works a lot like screenprinting. Each layer is transferred onto a separate ‘master’, a paper stencil wrapped around the ink drum. The ink is then pushed through the stencil onto the paper. Once the master is made, the machine can reproduce thousands of copies very quickly and cheaply. It’s best used for runs of 50+ prints, but we can do smaller runs too.

Riso isn't like a normal full-colour printer, so it doesn't work for glossy photos - but it's perfect for flyers, posters, artwork, illustrations, comics, booklets, zines, indie mags, programmes, leaflets, beer labels ... you name it!

Yellow ink drunk extending from Risograph printer

INKS


RISO uses soy-based inks, which are non-toxic and eco-friendly.

We have six ink colours in the Blueprint studio - red, blue, green, yellow, black and fluorescent orange.

All 6 ink colours blending.

RISO inks are semi-transparent, so layering different colours on top of each other results in more colour possibilities!

Colours rarely line up perfectly on top of each other, which gives the distinctive 'misregistration' look. We don’t recommend overprinting small details or text - so bear this in mind when designing your artwork!

Overprinting text risograph example.

RISO inks are semi-transparent, so layering different colours on top of each other results in more colour possibilities!


ENVIROMENT


RISO printing is one of the most eco friendly print processes on the planet! Riso is an efficient, low energy process with no harmful emissions and a minimal amount of waste. We print on recycled paper stock using soy based ink, and use local suppliers whenever possible to reduce our impact on the environment.


PAPER

All of our paper stock is recycled and FSC approved. We use 120gsm Corona Offset as standard, and have a selection of special paper to choose from.


Samples of all of our paper stocks.

Paper Stock

  • Corona Offset is made entirely from post consumer waste. It has good whiteness, high opacity and a smooth clean surface, making it ideal for all print jobs. Available in 80gsm, 120gsm and 190gsm.
  • Context Ivory is a smooth, clean paper stock made with a combination of post consumer waste and FSC certified fibres. Available in 100gsm.
  • Sugarpaper is a coarse, coloured paper. The texture is slightly rough, and small flecks are visible on the paper's surface. Available in 100gsm or 140gsm.

Have a different kind of paper in mind?

Get in touch and we'll see what we can do!