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 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.
There is also a level of unpredictability to the process that adds to it's charm. An edition of risograph prints will inevitably include some variation in its registration. 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.
The minimum edition size for art prints is 25. The minimum editions size for zines & publications is 50. Printing begins to make the most economic sense at runs of 100.
Due to the nature of the process and the limited palette, it is best to create artwork with the risograph process in mind. Printing specs 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 us any questions.
PAPER & SIZE OPTIONS
Maximum Paper Size: 11" x 17"
Tabloid Size Maximum Printable Area: 10.25" x 16.25"
Letter Size Maximum Printable Area: 7.25" x 10.25"
Maximum Paper Thickness: 80 lb cover stock
The risograph uses soy-based inks, so it is unable to print on coated paper and it is best to use papers with some "tooth" to them.
As we are a small press, we must be selective in what projects we take on. Our lead times vary on a case-by-case basis (more complicated projects will take longer than others, etc.)
To request a quote, please refer to the CONTACT page. Please include any & all information you know about your project, i.e. quantity, colors, size, paper, etc. and we will reply to you as soon as possible.