What is a Risograph (Riso) printer?

The Risograph machine was introduced in 1980 as an affordable way to print copies. It has gained popularity in recent years by artists and designers alike who have discovered its potential for its beautiful, vibrant and unpredictable printing methods.

Why would I want to print on a Risograph?

It's fast, efficient and cost effective.
It's like an offset printer, laser printer and screen printer were formed into some kind of unholy, super-powered hybrid mutant. Riso combines the best of the digital and traditional world: a hand-made look and feel with the speed, low-cost and efficiency of a modern printer.


It's environmentally friendly.
The Risograph uses soy-based ink, the print screens are made from plant fibers, and the machines are incredibly energy efficient with a minimum amount of biodegradable waste.

It's unique.
There are multiple colors that are unique to the Riso process including fluorescent colors which are very difficult to create digitally and through other print methods.

How does it work?

The Risograph printing process is very simple. The Riso machine creates a temporary stencil of the image you are duplicating on a thin sheet of plant fiber material called a master. The master is attached onto a cylindrical drum and paper is fed through the machine. Ink is pushed through the stencil onto the paper, the entire process is incredibly fast as the machine does most of the manual work.

How can I get my project printed?

Head on over to our quote request form. We will reach out to you and work with you to make sure that you are getting the best results for your project. If you have any other questions please reach out to us at hello@risolvestudio.com!