Risograph is a print process that combines elements of screen printing and photocopying, printing one colour at a time and building up layers of colour to create your finished artwork.
The risograph itself is a machine that looks similar to a photocopier, however rather than using regular printing ink or toner, it uses a large drum of ink to print your image. (pictured)
Each risograph drum has a unique colour ink, and printing in multiple colours is achieved by swapping drums in and out of the machine and printing layers on top of one another. A separate file is required for each colour of your print, as a result. These colours are unique to risograph printing, producing results different to regular digital printing, with a number of options such as fluorescents and metallics available.
WHAT CAN WE PRINT?
We can print posters, flyers, zines, books and more. Risograph printing is suited to printing in multiples. As most of the cost of printing is in the set-up, printing is more cost effective when printing with fewer colours, and printing in larger quantities. We can print individual prints, but recommend printing at least ten copies for prints, or 50 copies for books and zines. Read our print guidelines below for more details on Riso's capabilities.
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