Riso Explained – WI24 | Riso MF4950

A Risograph is a digital stencil duplicator designed for high-volume reproduction of designs. As a printing method, a risograph printer sits somewhere between screen printing and offset lithography. It uses brightly colored inks, or “spot colors” allowing a wide range of bright and beautiful colors. 

A Risograph is a cost-effective self-publishing tool and is ideal for posters, graphic prints, comics, zines, or art books. 

Risograph Studio

Location & Hours of Operation – WINTER 2024 Located in the CCS Imaging Center6th floor, Taubman Building313-664-1507ic@colleg
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Common Questions If I want to switch out the color of a plate (print on a blue plate using the teal drum), do I need to alter
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Registration & Trapping

The Risograph has limits of accuracy. Each color layer requires a separate pass through the printer, registration on multi-co
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Risograph Image Options

The Risograph can print at 600 d.p.i. and has two gradient techniques to choose from: Grain Touch: a randomized diffusion dit
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Color Systems & Color Spaces

Understanding RGB vs. CMYK vs. CMY The primary colors of light RGB (Red, Green, and Blue), represent a visual range that, in
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Opacities & Overlap

Use opacities and overprinting, or overlapping colors, to create new values and hues. The RISO will print these colors one at
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Overprinting & Knockout

Overprinting: is when colors are printed over each other. This creates new colors as the colors are blended.  Knockout: is wh
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Adobe Specific Applications


For more information on how to prepare your Photoshop file for Risograph printing, please click HERE.


For more information on how to prepare your Illustrator file for Risograph printing, please click HERE.


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