Risograph printing service
Damn Fine Print now offers our own risograph printing service, meaning we can take your digital files and turn them into gorgeous risograph prints, posters, leaflets, zines and more! If you're new to risograph, read our printing guidelines below to get yourself familiar with the process. Once you've done that, Feel free to fill out our contact form below to get a quote, or take a look at one of our print bundles!
FILE SET UP
Risograph printing is done by printing individual layers of different colours on top of each other, in a process similar to screen printing. As a result, your artwork should be set up as high resolution (300dpi) separate greyscale PDF files, one for each colour layer. Please label your files with your name and the corresponding colour of that layer when sending them to us.
1. File for layer 1 (Your_Name_Red.pdf).
2. File for layer 2 (Your_Name_Green.pdf).
3. Finished two-colour print.
TEXT: We advise that you do not set text in Photoshop, and instead use Illustrator or InDesign. Do not set text below 6pt, and outline your text where possible.
BITMAPPING AND HALFTONES: The risograph will create a halftone for you, so there is no need to do any bitmapping on your files.
PRINT SIZE: Risograph printers can print up to A3 in size, but cannot print borderless A3. The maximum print area of a risograph printer is 400mmX277mm, bear this in mind when creating your designs.
We currently have six colours available. Risograph colours are not created on any colour-coding system but we use Pantone reference numbers for close approximations. A lot of depth and variation can be achieved through a limited amount of colours, by varying colour densities or overlapping. Large areas of block colour should be no darker than 75%.
REGISTRATION, BLEED AND TRAPPING
There will always be some mis-registration when printing multiple colours on top of each other so it is best to consider this in your designs. You can limit mis-registration and the resulting white spaces between two colours by trapping the colours in your layout (adding a stroke or border to one or more of your layers.)
1. Two overlapping colours, with no trapping, where misregistration has caused a white gap between colours.
2. Two overlapping colours with added trapping to prevent any gaps from forming.
When printing borderless images, mis-registration can also cause white spaces at the edges of your designs. Leave a 5mm bleed area on projects where this applies to prevent this.*
Quirks and Imperfections
Each time a new colour is added to a risograph print, it has to be passed through the machine again, which can cause slight imperfections to occur. Multiple passes can cause marks on the print due to the rubber rollers on the machine feeding the print through again and again. Multiple passes also increase the risk of slight smudging and ink transference onto the back of prints.
Slightly uneven ink coverage is likely when printing large areas of flat colour, and we advise that large areas of block colour be printed at 75% density at the most. We especially advise avoiding large areas of block colour if your project requires double sided printing (magazines, leaflets, etc.)
PAPER & SIZES
We stock various types of paper in different colours, styles and weights from 75-250gsm (ordinary printer paper is around 80gsm in weight). We print from A3, so smaller designs will be printed at this size and cut down.
Please make sure you have done the following before sENDING your artwork
Add a 5mm bleed (where applicable)
Ensure that type is outlined where possible
Ensure that large areas of block colour are no darker than 75%
Ensure that your files are labelled with your name and the corresponding colour of that layer
Our risograph bundles offer quick and easy pricing for your project.
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If you would like to take a closer look at the risograph printing process, download our guides here.