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The Riso Room was established to allow students the opportunity to experiment with this alternative printing process. The room is managed by Riso Room Fellows who set the hours each term. Fees for printing are at the back of this brochure. 1/16/16

Setting up artwork You must set up your own artwork by coming prepared with a black/white hard copies, or a grayscale pdf (via jump drive or email) to load onto the pc computer in the Riso Room. Use the checklist opposite to prepare. You will be required to pay for errors that are your fault, and we will reprint if an error is made on our end.


paper You must provide your own paper. It should be uncoated and either letter or tabloid with a weight no greater than 100# cover.

  Paper (100# cover or lighter, uncoated)   pdf or jpeg format   Reference image or print provided

  Each color provided in a separate file with color included in each file name   Vector type (not set in Photoshop)   Grayscale for all files   Large areas of color should be set to 80% black or less   300 dpi resolution (ideal)

  Crop marks + bleed (no printing to edges of the paper)

  Knock-out for areas you don’t want to print as an overlay when colors overlap

Available colors 100%










yellow fluorescent pink hunter green blue black

TExt + line

Grumpy wizards ma


Grumpywizards make toxic


Grumpy wizards make toxic bre


Grumpy wizards make toxic brew for the evil Qu


Grumpy wizards make toxic brew for the evil Queen and Jack


Grumpy wizards make toxic brew for the evil Queen and Jack. Grumpy wizard


3pt 2pt 1pt 0.75pt

Riso Room Riso Room Registration Black

Riso Room 80% K

100% K


0.5pt 0.25pt

It is best to set your text under 12pt in registration black to get the most solid print possible. Use normal black (100% k) for type 14pt or above to avoid an inky mess. Do not set type in PhotoShop (raster) as that will cause pixelation.

Separating Artwork Layers

Separate your artwork by color if using more than one color. Please note that registration is often not perfect on the Riso.

Pink Layer

Yellow Layer




jpeg gradient

indesign gradient

The Riso halftones your images so there’s no need to apply this filter beforehand.

Supply all files as 300dpi jpeg/ pdf in black, but let us know the color you want to print.

Color Mixing

Illustration file format

Vector Illustration

Two or more colors can be overprinted to form other colors.

The Riso doesn’t read indesign gradients so if you’re after a gradient you need to make sure you make it in Photoshop as a jpeg.

Raster Illustration

Details in hand drawn illustrations can be reproduced faithfully. Scanned images must be 300dpi.

How do risographs work? The Risograph printer, is based on the stencil method of printing, much like screen printing. While the machine looks very much like a photocopier, it functions quite differently. Black & white artwork is sent to the Riso either from the connected desktop pc, or on the scanned on top of the machine. The image is ‘burnt’ on to a paper-like master, which can then be used to duplicate it up to thousands of times. The master wraps automatically around an ink drum. The ink is pushed through the screen/master, and then prints onto paper that makes contact with the drum. riso room fellowship The Riso Room Fellowship is a position held by 1–2 students per term. These students become the masters/mistresses of the machine, learning the ins and outs of it, getting the chance to experiment with it for their own work, as well as printing work for customers during open hours. For more information, see contact details below.

disclaimer The Risograph machine was never designed to do highly precise work. It’s important that as you embark on printing your work, that you don’t expect the same kind of results you might get on a laser or inkjet. In fact, that’s what makes the Riso so much fun! It’s a lot of experimentation, and new kinds of outcomes that can be very exciting to work with. So what can you expect? Registration may not line up perfectly when printing 2 or more colors. The ink rubs off easily, so do expect some smudges (sometimes removable with an eraser). Finally, because you’re printing with single colors, it’s hard to know exactly what the outcome will be, but you can make small adjustments as you print. The Riso Fellow can help you assess your artwork, and then help you should you need to make adjustments. hours Hours vary from term-to-term. Please check the website or the notice outside the room. location Art Annex, 2000 SW 5th Ave, Portland

prices set-up

impressions: high ink

Green Room, Rm. 154

$2 per color

1–10: 11–30: 31–75: 75+:

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impressions: low ink

1–10: 11–30: 31–75: 75+:

25¢ /ea 20¢ /ea 15¢ /ea 10¢ /ea

(all paper sizes)

35¢ /ea 30¢ /ea 25¢ /ea 20¢ /ea

(all paper sizes)

Contact If you have questions beyond the scope of this brochure, please email Briar Levit, or visit

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