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 8.5” x 11” & 11” x 17” uncoated paper for Risograph printing. Order Minimums There is a 5-sheet min
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Ink Colors

The Risograph printer is enviro-friendly & is a cost-effective soy and rice ink printer.  Riso ink dries through a combinatio
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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 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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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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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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Risograph Workshops

Riso Training in Fall 2023Want 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


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.


Stay tuned for more information!