Print with us

Inks

We currently stock six inks: Bright Red, Fluorescent Pink, Yellow, Blue, Teal, and Black. Riso inks don’t conform to any industry-standard matching system, but we’ve indicated similar-ish hex codes and Pantone numbers for your reference above. These inks are a little transparent, so they can overprint in interesting ways. They also look great in halftones. You can download our swatches for use in Adobe software.

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Pricing

Pricing is based on a fixed setup based on how many inks are used plus a small per-print cost for paper and ink. The table below outlines the total cost per copy for single-sided prints on our house 70# text stock (great for posters, zines, and lightweight art prints). We’d be glad to help quote your project. Email orders@clatterpress.com.

Number of inks
1 2 3 4 5
Number of prints 5 $4.20 $6.20 $9.20 $12.20 $15.20
25 $1 $1.40 $2 $2.80 $3.20
50 60¢ 80¢ $1.10 $1.40 $1.70
100 40¢ 50¢ 65¢ 80¢ 95¢
200 30¢ 35¢ 43¢ 50¢ 58¢
500 24¢ 26¢ 29¢ 32¢ 35¢
Table 1. Cost per single-sided copy on Clatter Press house 70# text stock.

Sheet size

We do all our printing on 11″ × 17″ sheets. If you’re making something smaller than that, you can divide up the sheet to maximize value!

Printable area

Plan on a non-printing area of 1/8″ on the sides and bottom of your sheet and 1/4″ on the top. If you want your art to extend to the paper’s edges, you’ll need to add bleed and crop marks, and the total printed area will need to stay within the printable area of the sheet.

Imperfections

Riso printing is unpredictable, so you should expect quirks such as slightly uneven solid areas, roller marks, and misregistration (inks that aren’t perfectly lined up). You can minimize sloppiness by avoiding large areas of heavy ink coverage—especially in the top few inches of the page, where rollers will handle the paper.

Halftones

You don’t need to include halftones in your work—we will do that on the riso itself when we print your work. We will choose the best halftone method based on our expertise. If you have a particular look in mind, just let us know.

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C.M.Y.K.

There are no traditional cyan and magenta riso inks, but we can create a funky, quasi-CMYK print by swapping in our blue and bright red or fluorescent pink inks. We’d be glad to prepare color separations from your full-color imagery to best take advantage of this unique process. (Additional fees apply.)

Submitting your art

When you’re ready to print, you’ll need to send us one 600-dpi grayscale PDF, TIFF, or JPG for each ink in your project. Think of it this way: in the file you send, black represents 100% ink coverage and white 0%. Please remember to include a low-resolution full-color proof so we know how you want it to end up looking.

Finishing

We own a guillotine cutter and a saddle (booklet) stapler, and we can coordinate more complex binding with local partners. We’d love to help you create whatever you can dream up!