Risograph Printing | Riso MF4950

The Imaging Center is a print service bureau that provides a variety of print services to the CCS community.

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. 

If you are looking for photographic quality reproduction, we recommend using the Imaging  Center’s laser or inkjet printing services instead.

To submit a Risograph print, please visit our Let’s Print site by clicking HERE.


Pricing & Paper Information

The Imaging Center offers 11” x 17” uncoated paper for Risograph printing. There is a 10 copy minimum when ordering Risograph
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Ink Colors

The Risograph printer is an enviro-friendly & cost-effective soy ink printer.  Soy ink dries through a combination process of
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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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Risograph Image Options

The Risograph will add a halftone to photographic images so you don’t need to do any bitmap print.  There are two options to
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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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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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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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Troubleshooting

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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Designing for the Risograph

What are ink smudges? Riso ink dries through absorption. Similar to a newspaper, prints never fully “cure” or dry. Rubbing th
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Risograph Workshops

Riso Training in Fall 2021Want to learn more about Riso printing? Apply for a 3-week Intro to Riso workshop series. The Intro
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Risograph Studio

Location & Hours of Operation Located in the CCS Imaging Center6th floor, Taubman Building313-664-1507ic@collegeforcreativest
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Adobe Specific Applications

Photoshop

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

Illustrator

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

InDesign

Stay tuned for more information!