Looking and operating like a photocopier, but applying ink like a silkscreen, the Risograph is a one-of-a-kind machine. The delight of Risograph printing lies somewhere between it's unique tactile qualities, vibrant retro color palette, and it's stubborn lack of perfection.
Much like screen printing, a stencil is created for each spot color in a design and printed one at a time. In risography, the stencil is wrapped around a color drum containing ink and then rotated at high speed as the paper passes underneath. This method allows relatively large quantities of prints to be made at high speed with minimized cost per print. Due to the majority of the effort and cost involved lying in the creation of the stencil and not the actual printing, the minimum edition size we recommend is 25, and printing begins to make the most economic sense at runs of 50+.
The Risograph was initially developed for high-volume office printing, and was only relatively recently adopted as an artistic printing method. Therefore, there is a level of unpredictability to the process that adds to it's charm. While Hell Yeah will attempt to get it's prints as close as possible to perfect, an edition of risograph prints will inevitably include some variation in its registration, and printing marks will be present on prints using more than one color (although 99% of these can be removed with a rubber eraser if necessary). Digital color equivalencies are only an approximation as well, and the ink will appear slightly differently depending on the color and surface texture of the paper it is printed on.
Due to the nature of the process and the color palette being limited, it is best to create artwork with the Risograph process in mind. Specifications can be found below, and if you have any questions at all or need any help, feel free to use the CONTACT page to ask away.
Maximum Paper Size: 11" x 17"
Maximum Printable Area: 10.25" x 16.25"
Letter Size Paper Maximum Printable Area: 7.25" x 10.25"
Maximum Paper Thickness: 80lb Cover
We usually have a small amount of paper in stock, but for most jobs we will likely have to custom order paper for you. The risograph uses soy-based inks, so it cannot print on coated paper and it is best to use papers with some "tooth" to them.
Hell Yeah will happily print for you regardless of location, but if you are in the Pittsburgh area [or if you want to travel a bit], Hell Yeah would love to work directly with you on your project, as the Risograph printing process benefits from the involvement of the artist themselves.
If you need any additional information and help, or to request a quote, please refer to the CONTACT page. Please include any information you know about your project, i.e. quantity, colors, size, paper, are you in Pittsburgh, etc.