Our machine is an MZ-1090 and has two drums, which allows it to print two colors in a single pass.
What is Risograph Printing?
Similar to screen printing, the Risograph MZ-1090 uses single colors to print designs from a master stencil. Great for bold designs, posters, comic art, pretty much anything with a graphic quality to it.
Riso sits between screen printing and offset lithography. Using a stencil-based printing process and soy based inks gives riso-prints a result similar to silkscreen with vibrant bright colors.
One color is printed at a time, and multicolored prints are made by switching out drums, them printing over each layer. Passing the paper through the machine multiple times.
*If you’re looking for photographic quality reproduction, we recommend using our Inkjet or Laser printing services instead.
Order Minimum: 10 Copies
Maximum Size: 8.5″x11″ or 11″x17″
Papers: *Uncoated Papers up to 80# Cardstock.
Our Risograph reliably accepts paper weights between 50# text and 80# cover. We do offer many papers, but we are happy to try out a new stock.
Media We Stock
A full list of uncoated papers and specs for each media are available on our Media We Stock page.
When looking to purchase paper for your project, keep in mind Risograph ink primarily dries by absorption, so the paper must be uncoated. Paper that has a tooth works best. Please feel free to bring a sample for us before buying to make sure it will work.
Many of our inks, especially metallic gold and white, are opaque enough to show up on darker papers like black and nightshift blue.
*Uncoated stock is paper that has no coated pigment applied to reduce the absorbency or increase the smoothness. The uncoated finishes can be described as vellum, antique, wove or smooth.
File Preparation + Order Submission
You will be using our online Digital Storefront submission process. Below are general guidelines and a link to instructions on file naming and file upload with the DSF interface.
For print, artwork should be:
- Flattened PDF (no layers or transparencies.)
- Set to Graysale / B&W
- Resolution = 300dpi
- Each color layer saves as a separate file.
Because of the nature of Risograph, the number of files needed for printing and the limitations of our Digital Storefront we are going to require our users to name their files in a specific way when submitting.
Please follow the link below for instructions on file naming above in the quick links.
If you submit without following our naming conventions we will ask that you resubmit which may result in your job being delayed.
48 hours + 24 hours for each additional color. Turnaround times are dependent on drying time between printing each color and side.
There are no Rush options for Risograph.
We currently have 15 colors. We show you here an approximation of the RGB color and the Pantone reference information.
Risograph ink is translucent, so its final appearance depends on the color of the paper it is printed on and the layering of each ink. Colors can be overprinted to create new ones. it is possible to blend any combination of tints together to produce color variants.
We have an Adobe Swatch file of all the ink colors available for download here: SB_RISO_SWATCHES.ase
Command Click on the link to get a drop down menu.
Choose Save Link As...
This will allow you to save it to the desktop of your computer.
See the Digital Storefront for pricing