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The rise of the Risograph

 

It looks like a photocopier and moves just as fast, but this little machine is a screenprinter in disguise! Using vibrant spot colours and stencils, the Riso creates unique prints full of texture with minimal impact on the planet.

The Riso works by turning your files into stencils which get wrapped around different coloured drums in the machine. Paper is then passed through the machine while the drums are spinning. As the paper flies by at super fast speeds, ink is pushed out the drum through the stencil and onto the paper, leaving a perfect imprint of your design. As each colour is in a separate drum, one print might require multiple passes through the machine. This allows us to play around with the order the inks are printed to give tones of different colours and textures when the inks overlap.

 

Riso printing doesn’t suit every job but if you love texture and unique quirks to each print then this is the machine for you!

Why we love the Riso:

Colours

Riso inks are partly transparent, making them great for overlapping to create even more colour possibilities! Here’s the start of our ever expanding range of colours available: 

  • Hunter Green
  • Black
  • Federal Blue
  • Metallic Gold
  • Fluorescent Pink
  • Red
  • Sunflower Yellow
  • Aqua Blue
  • Kelly Green
  • Lilac

If you’re looking for a specific colour that we don’t currently offer, let us know and we’ll see what we can do to help.

All inks are unique to the Riso process, which means we can offer some crazy colours like fluro and metallics which can’t be reproduced digitally or on screen. If you are looking to create accompanying products on the digital press or screen then we can offer some guidance on how to get the closest possible match for you. You can also view our colour guide complete with on screen colour values for each of our inks.

Our Papers

You’ll be spoilt for choice with our wide range of recycled and FSC certified papers. Riso printing is available on our core stocks Unicorn White, Elephant Natural, and Giraffe Fleck, but we’re also offering some amazing 100% recycled coloured stocks as well! Available in 110GSM, why not try: 

  • Camel Brown
  • Mano Blue
  • Canary Yellow
  • Salmon Pink
  • Walrus Grey

Environmentally Friendly

Risograph machines are low energy printers that help to reduce our impact on the environment. With fewer moving mechanical parts and no computer required to run the machine, less electricity is required to keep the machine running. Pair this with our extensive range of recycled papers and you have the perfect planet friendly duo.

The inks used for Riso prints are also non toxic and soy based, allowing all riso prints to be reintroduced to the recycling process with ease.

Want to know more?

Visit our tech article to find some helpful top tips on Riso and how to set up files to get the best prints!