WHAT'S A RISOGRAPH?
Beautifully imperfect. The Risograph is a print device designed to fill the gap between digital and offset. The machine wraps a negative around drums supplied with ink. Paper travels through the machine and each drum leaves its mark.
Each drum is assigned a specific color. Where the colors land relative to each other, known as registration, is not exact during the print process. Having two drums, the machine can print 2 colors per pass. Multiple passes increases the possible margin of error. This slight imperfection gives the final product an old comic book feel.
Risograph is a great way to make art prints, booklets, flyers, gig posters, and more in a creative way that allows for stock flexibility, inexpensively. The results are similar to a cross between screenprinting and offset. Pretty much any uncoated stock that can be used for offset can be printed using risography, as long as it's not too thick.
Because it's not standard CMYK, the designer has control over which and where colors are printed. Colors can be overprinted, meaning laying one color on top of another makes a third color. This means that the way the colors are placed needs to be manually controlled, which makes risograph a process requiring planning and skill.
HARD TO FIND Metallic Gold
Opaque and beautiful, metallic gold allows for printing on dark substrates, and provides a sublayer other on which colors can be laid, providing for a unique print that other methods don't provide.
A unique color separation process developed by Spires allows for a larger color gamut and more sophisticated risograph prints.