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Printing FAQ

WHAT IS RISO?

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Riso is short for Risograph. It’s a Japanese printer/printing process that is similar to screen-printing, using rich spot colours and stencils to create tactile and vibrant prints, affordably and with little impact to our environment.

HOW DO YOU CALCULATE OUT THE PRICE?

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Quotes are calculated first by the number of colours/stencils used, then with print quantity and paper selection added on the end. Like screenprinting, the initial set-up is where most of the production time is spent, and cost is weighted. The riso is designed to be a duplicator - so once the artwork is set up, it’s pennies per print.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

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Prices start at £18 (This is for a one colour artwork, and one print on 100gsm paper).

Costs can be broken down into three main sections: colour stencils used, prints, and paper.

Like screen-printing, the initial set-up is where most of the production time is spent, and main cost is weighted. Therefore the most economical jobs are ones that use few colours/stencils but output high quantities, and the more expensive jobs involve many colour stencils, at a low print quantity.

CAN I PRINT MY FLYERS / CARDS / BUSINESS CARDS?

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Yes, we have a super sharp guillotine, so we can trim everything in house for you. Our purchase options now include trimming, so these are calculated automatically deepening on your product selection!

HOW WILL MY WORK LOOK IN RISO?

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You can use our print simulator, or we can mock up your bespoke artwork digitally for you, but results can never be fully simulated - so take the plunge and see what happens once it's inked up on paper. Not everything is suited to the riso process, but if you’ve read our print bible, and your artwork has been prepared well - It rarely disappoints!

CAN I PRINT 1 COPY?

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Yes - this is no problem, although printing a few extra will not cost you much more. Price per print gets much more economical the bigger the quantity.

CAN I SEE PRINTED SAMPLES?

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Definitely - click here to order your sample pack, or check out our riso wall to see examples of almost every combination of inks and papers.

HOW DO YOU CALCULATE THE PRICE?
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Quotes are calculated first by the number of colours/stencils used, then with print quantity and paper selection added on the end. Like screenprinting, the initial set-up is where most of the production time is spent, and cost is weighted. The riso is designed to be a duplicator - so once the artwork is set up, it’s pennies per print.

CAN I PRINT MY BUSINESS CARDS?

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Yes, we have a super guillotine, so we can trim everything in house for you. You can download our templates to layout your cards on an A3 sheet, and then submit your order, by choosing 'Business Cards' on the second step.

CAN I GET A PRINTED PROOF?

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Due to the nature of the RISO process, print proofs aren't common.Most of the overall job cost is in the initial ‘master making’ and artwork set-up; and where most of the time/labour is weighted.
A proofing service therefore involves a fee of £15 per colour screen tested.


Please bear in mind this process will incur additional turnaround time, as the proofs will either be photographed, posted (costing an extra £12), or collected by appointment. 

CAN I PRINT PHOTOGRAPHY?

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Check out our tutorial to learn about setting up artwork for riso (We can print with faux CMYK separations). You can also browse our print archive to see what photographs look like when they're printed in four spot colours (Fluro Pink, Aqua Blue, Yellow and Black).


Finally - if you've not seen risograph prints in the flesh, I'd recommend you order one of our sample packs - these can include printed photographic examples and will give you an idea of what you can expect. The results are great, but the process isn't like digital printing, and therefore won't be a reproduction of your digital or original image.

HOW DO I FLATTEN MY FILE?
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There are different methods of doing this, but always make a backup copy of your file, so you can retain the layered one.

If you’re using photoshop; Make sure that all the layers you want to keep are visible, then choose 'Layer > Flatten Image', or choose 'Flatten Image' from the Layers panel menu.

For Acrobat 7; choose 'Advanced > PDF Optimizer’ and Click the 'Clean Up tab’. Select Remove Hidden Layers Content and Flatten Layers, and then click OK, and save the Optimized PDF. The tutorial for these steps can be found here too.

HOW CAN I REDUCE MY FILE SIZE?

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Make sure your PDF is set to greyscale. Flatten the artwork so no layers are involved. And finally, ensure the file size is set to the finished output size, and no larger.

Check out our tutorials to learn more.

HOW DO I SET UP CROP MARKS?

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Depending on which software you are using, there are a few different options. We’ve created some tutorials on this:

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Indesign

You can also download our templates, that have the guides and drop marks already in place

CAN I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO PRINT WITH YOU?

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Sadly we can't make appointments, as we have to manage customer projects amongst everything else we make. There will be drying time involved too, so it's never a set window for production either.

DO I MANAGE OPACITIES, OR DO YOU (RISOTTO)?
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This is something we ask the customer to determine in their own artwork, as a stencil can contain various opacities in one layer. A photograph would be a good example of this - as this could have a full greyscale in one layer (with sections of very light, and very dark coverage). Read more on setting your opacities here.

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