Risograph printing, originating in Japan, is a unique process that combines the vivid colors and artistic quality of screenprinting with the efficiency of more commercial forms of printing.
In addition to its looks, riso is also one of the most environmentally friendly forms of printing: our soy-based inks are low-VOC, easily recyclable, and require no solvents or chemicals during cleanup.
More and more frequently artists and designers are using the risograph’s wonderful qualities to realize their work.
We currently stock five inks: Bright Red, 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.
Everything that comes off our press is 11″ × 17″. If you want something smaller, we can easily cut it down for a small fee. We stock a variety of nice papers in 70# text and 65# cover weights. We’re also happy to use your own paper, provided it’s trimmed to 11″ × 17″ and suitably absorbent for the riso process. Talk to us about paper!
To print your work, we’ll need a 600 dpi grayscale PDF, JPG, or TIFF for each color of ink in your piece. We’ll use these images to create stencils for each color, then print the colors one after another to achieve the final product. The printer leaves a small 1/8″ border around the edges of the sheet, so take that into account when setting up your art.
Some quirks are inevitable due to the unique nature of the riso process. Expect colors not to line up exactly perfectly. Too much heavy ink coverage can smear, so keep large solid areas of color to 80% opacity at most. It can be difficult to line up the printed area for each ink (called registration), so it’s smart to include trapping in your separations if you’re working with multiple colors in the same area.
Free local pickup is available in Columbus. Of course, we are also glad to ship your project to you.
Clatter Press is the collaborative project of sister-and-brother team Dempsey Ewan and Nigel Ewan. Nigel graduated with a BFA in Advertising and Graphic Design from the Columbus College of Art & Design, where Dempsey is currently pursuing the same thing.
Their desire to make cool printed things, by themselves, in small print runs, with cool, bright ink colors, led them naturally to the riso process. They are learning to love its quirks and difficulties. Dempsey and Nigel are excited to work with artists and designers to fill Columbus with interesting, beautiful things.