Posters, flyers, comics, booklets or artwork - it's easier than you think to create beautiful riso prints!
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!
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.
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!
RISO inks are semi-transparent, so layering different colours on top of
each other results in more colour possibilities!
Riso inks have a unique, tactile texture and can smudge a bit if handled a lot. We like to think it's all part of the charm - who doesn't love inky fingers?!
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 too.
Here are some tips to help prepare your artwork for print:
It’s best not to expect perfection with risograph - there will often be little quirks of printing such as mis-registration and roller marks. This is all part of the charm of risograph and makes each print unique!
Finished prints will look quite different to what you see on your computer screen, and each print will differ slightly with variations in registration and ink coverage. Hover over or tap on an image below to find out more.
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.