Printing – Risograph Print Guide

 

 

PRINT GUIDE



Riso Riso Riso

Risograph printers look like photocopiers and have some of the same characteristics (ie: scanning bed.) But the guts of the machine function quite differently, rather as a stencil duplication process akin to screen printing. Originally Risographs were designed for high-volume photocopying and printing for schools, churches, businesses,  etc. but in recent years creative communities of artists and designers have been charmed by its unique look and the challenge of its limitations!

 

INSIDE THE RISOGRAPH



 
A file is sent (or image scanned) to the machine. The image is translated to a bitmap and exposed (via thermal heat) as tiny holes onto a master sheet, which is then wrapped around the ink drum. As the paper runs flat through the machine the soy-based ink is pushed through the master and creates a unique impression.

Besides being awesome in general – Riso printing is fast, economical, and low energy!

PRINTING WITH MONIKER


Moniker has two riso printers in the studio:

Vern

VERN is a RZ220u. Used for printing with black ink: flyers, stickers, prints, business cards, etc – up to 8×13″ in size.  

Eddy

EDDY is a MZ790 duo-drum and prints up to 11×17″. In red, black, green or blue ink – best for colour, posters, vinyl/album covers, large scale prints etc. *The MZ took a beating on its way to Vancouver — it’s broken, but it does print — with a few quirks, for example, everything it prints is slightly crooked on the paper. 

COLOURS
FILE SET UP
TYPE / VECTORS
BLEED / BORDER / CREEP
PHOTOGRAPHS AND CMYK SEPARATION
POTENTIAL IMPERFECTIONS / UNPREDICTABILITY
PAPER
POST PRINT PROCESS
BINDING
TIME FRAME
PRICING

 

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