Colorama is a Riso-printing studio with a small comic-distribution and publishing section based in the Kulturhaus ACUD in Berlin. The studio is run by Johanna Maierski.

We own a Risograph MZ970 and a set of various machines allowing us to produce a wide range of printed matter: books, posters, flyers, postcards, cassette & vinyl inlays, stationary, business cards, envelopes, labels...

We are working with trustworthy binders, engravers, and silk screen printers to be able to answer any kind of printing demand.


COLORAMA aims to share its craftmanship to make the process of designing, illustrating, conceptualizing, printing, binding, publishing and distributing as accessible as possible.

Since last year Colorama is hosting workshops in collaborations with universities/ artists / specific pros to expand the field of Riso into bigger perspectives. The workshops are meant to be a platform for kids and grown-ups to exchange their approaches and experiences and to losen up the process of creative output and shared authorship.

We organize workshops on a non-regular basis. If you wish to recieve more information about future workshops, or if you want to organize a workshop with us, get in touch.

COLORAMA PRESS is a small publishing house that is specialised in comics and graphics. Have a look at our latest releases here

Colorama Bookshelf is our bookshelf section where we stock and sell books, posters, zines, records and other printed matter, both in our studio and online. If you wish to appear on our shelves, don't hesitate to submit us your work.


Riso means ideal in Japanese. The digital printer-duplicator a.k.a. Risograph was invented in 1986 by the Japanese compagny RISO Kagaku Corporation. Designed to be a high-volume, fast and low cost photocopier and marketed for schools, churches, prisons and political parties, the risograph reveals to have a very peculiar and unique aesthetic allowing beautiful colour overlays. It stands between screen printing and offset lithography. Using a stencil-based printing process and real inks gives riso-prints a result similar to silkscreen with beautiful bright colors.

Apart from the great cost/efficiency, the Risograph appears to have also great ecological qualities, since the inks are soy-based, the masters are made from banana paper and it produces a very minimum amount of waste.

The file is sent from a computer to the machine or directly scanned. A master is created for each color, by burning a negative image onto a waxed sheet. This master is then wrapped around a drum and ink is forced through the voids of Wthe master. The paper runs flat through the machine while the drum rotates at high speed to print each image on the paper.

We own :


  • a risograph MZ970
    (12 colors available)
  • a stapler
  • a folding machine A3
  • a cutting machine
  • a round corner cutter

we stock these papers :


  • Munken Print White 1.5
    90 / 115 / 150 / 300 gsm
  • Munken Polar rough
    300 gsm
    A wooden free paper with
    longlasting color.
  • Pegasus Geese
    90 gsm
    A cheap option, also wood free
  • Caribic & Carneval Offset (multiple colours)
    80 gsm, 250 gsm
  • Igepa Crush (multiple colours and gsm)
  • Maroque (multiple colours and gsm)

Riso can only print on Din A3 or A4 uncoated paper between 60 and 300gsm.
You are welcome to bring your own paper if it respects these prescriptions.

We can also order in paper for you if you let us know in advance.

Printing Area


The Riso MZ970 can print 2 colors in one pass on DIN A3 paper and allows a maximum print area of : 289 x 409 mm.

For full bleed designs, add a security bleed of at least 4 mm.
Final format is then :
283 x 404 mm.

COLORS


We currently have the possibility to print 12 colors. We show you here an approximation of the RGB colour and the Pantone reference.

Depending on the opacity and raster, overlaps can create a great variety of new colours.

Burgundy (221 U)

Fluorescent Pink (806 U)

Medium Blue (Reflex Blue U)

Black (Process Black U)

Green (354U)

Yellow (Process Yellow U)

Red (Warm Red U)

Purple (2597 U)

Fluo Orange (805 U)

Flat Gold (1245 U)

Blue (Process Blue U)

White

OPACITY


The Riso creates halftones. The higher the opacity is in your file, the bigger the dots will be.
We show you here an example of variation of opacity (100 to 10%) with a 71 lpi halftone.

BINDING


We are able to produce various kind of binding:

- saddle stitching
- side stapling
- singer sewing (side or spine)
- japanese binding
- perfect binding
- tape binding
- pad binding
- coil
- perforation + screws

Every request is manageable with enough advance notice.

We also work together with professional binders for more complex requests, such as boxes, hardcovers, hardbound book spine stitching,...

side stapling

saddle stitching

singer sewing (side or spine)

perforation + screws

japanese binding (pages folded)

tape binding

perfect binding

pad binding

coil or wire binding


CUTTING


We own a staple cutter. Since printing on a Risograph is always coming with inaccuracies there can be slight shifts of the print borders. You should take that in consideration and always have a safe bleed of at least 3mm. See our technical guide section for more informations.

COLORED EDGES


We are able to produce business cards with colored edges.

A3

Our risograph can print up to A3.
To spare masters and papers, interlock your smaller format into A3.

DOUBLESIDED

It is very difficult to achieve perfect back up print. Bare this in mind in your design process.

INACCURACY

The risograph has limits of accuracy. The overlaps can be adjusted manually in the printing process but there can always be shifts. This should be taken in account in your design process.

  • Surfaces should overlap under lines.
  • Text should be only on one layer.

IMPERFECTIONS

Slight print marks can appear, especially when printing more than two layers or double sided. But these can easily be rubbed off with a rubber.

Tracks marks from the paper feeding rollers can appear, especially using heavy inking.

CLEAR BORDER

Keep a clear border of at least 10 mm.
----> Do not set up any text or images in this margin. You would risk to see it cut.

FONT


  • Do not set type in photoshop.
  • Vectorize your font to avoid any problem of pixellisation.
  • Size should not go under 6 pt.
  • Font under 12pt should be set in registration black (100/100/100/100)
  • Over 12pt use a 100% black (0/0/0/100)

RULE


----> lines should not go under 0,25 pt.

INK PLACEMENT


Avoid inking the head of the paper. This causes the feeding marks and paper jams.

  • Place your designs on the bottom of the page if possible.
  • Do not use 100% color flat in this area.

color flat AREA


The risograph cannot print homogenous large color area. Avoid them. It also causes print marks and paper jams.

CONTRAST


The risograph tends to lighten images. Don’t hesitate to boost the contrast.
White should be 0% and black 100%.
Go to our color section to see the color ranges according to intensities.
To check this percentage in photoshop, use the information pipette.

CMYK


Riso inks aren't available in cyan or magenta. To print CMYK pictures, we replace these 2 channels with colours such as medium blue and red or fluorescent pink. We charge a fee for separating channels and preparing files.

HALFTONES


The risograph creates halftones.
----> No need to add it in photoshop!

However you can influence the halftones by varying opacity in your file (size of the dots) and by changing the lpi, line per inch (spacing of the dots) directly on the printer.

If you don’t give us any specification, we will use the following settings:

  • 43 lpi: extensive ink coverage.
  • 71 lpi: regular setup.
  • 106 lpi: photographs and small fonts.

Resolution


The Risograph machine has a resolution of 600 dpi. Use this resolution for your images. 300 dpi will also work but for thin lines we recommand 600.

Color Mode


Send us only images in Grayscale mode.
  • No CMJN
  • No RVB
  • No MULTILAYER
  • No BITMAP
  • No Lab
  • No effects in InDesign or Photoshop
  • No transparency

Formats


Due to margin, bleed and imposition, exact A4 and A5 format cannot be interlocked on A3. Here is a list of some maximum formats you can reach:

  • A3 print area :
  • A3 with bleed
  • nearest A4 (A3/2) :
  • nearest A4 with bleed :
  • nearest A5 :
  • nearest A5 with bleed :
  • saddle stiched : 200 x 281 mm (>A4)
  • saddle stiched : 140 x 196 mm (>A5)
  • perfect binded : 196 x 281 mm (>A4)
  • perfect binded : 136 x 196 mm (>A5)

Imposition


Saddle stiched 16 pages booklet >A4.

Saddle stiched 16 pages booklet >A5.

File Format


We accept pdf, tiff or indesign package (attach an idml file to prevent any software compatibility problem).

Bleed & Crop Marks


Add 4mm bleed on your full bleed designs. If your image isn’t full bleed, there is no need to add bleed.

Draw your crop marks always 4mm from the picture and outside of the bleed. Use a 0,25pt rule.

Print Files

Send us ONE FILE PER COLOR.

It should be A3 GRAYSCALE, 600dpi PDF, TIFF or INDESIGN PACKAGE with 4mm BLEED (if full bleed design), 4/4/4/7mm MARGIN from the risograph, 10mm CLEAR BORDER and CROP MARKS.

Proof


Always send us a low definition of the final image of your design with superimposition of colors (pdf, jpeg or png). We need it as a reference and proof. We won’t start printing before we receive this file.

Downloads


Here are some indesign mock-ups with margins from the machine, crop marks, clear border, bleed for full bleed designs and imposition for booklets. You are welcome to use them.

Check the layers in indesign.

  • A3 PRINT AREA
  • A3 with bleed

Here are our prices. For an estimate fill out our form.

  • SETUP FEE / PROJECT8€
  • MASTER / COLOR5€
  • PRINT / COLOR0,06€ - 0,35€
  • PAPER / A30,05€ - 0,60€

Sorting, binding and finishing costs are depending on the number of copies and the complexity of the project.
For an estimate price, fill out our form.

If you don’t have the knowledge or the time to produce print-ready A3 pdfs, we can help you out. Depending on the complexity we will put an additional fee on every master.

Posters


  • Poster A353€
100 x A3, 2/0 col, Munken Print White 115 gsm.
  • Poster A3 fancy paper75€
50 x A3, 5/0 col, Munken Polar Rough 170 gsm, wooden free paper for a longlasting color.

Flyers / Cards


  • Flyer one colour36€
400 A6, 1/0 col, Munken Print White 115 gsm.
  • Flyer A6 two colours39€
400 x A6, 2/0 col, Munken Print White 115 gsm.
  • Folded Cards A665€
80 x A6 (open format A5), 2/0 col,
Munken Polar 200 gsm.
  • Business cards75€
200 business cards, 2/2 col,
Munken Polar Rough 300 gsm.

Brochures / Books


  • Basic Brochure one colour240€
100 A5 (open format A4) brochures, 1/1 col, 32 pages, inside Munken Print White 90 gsm, Cover Munken Polar 200gsm, saddle stitch binding.
  • Basic Brochure two colours320€
100 A5 (open format A4) Brochures, 2/2 col, 32 pages, inside Munken Print White 90g, Cover Munken Polar 200gsm, saddle stitch binding.
  • Fancy Brochure440€
50 A4 (open format A3) Brochures, cover 5/2 col, inside 2/2 col, 32 pages, inside Munken Print White 150 gsm cover Munken Polar Rough 300 gsm, saddle stitch binding.

All Prices are net prices and include sorting, folding, cutting and packaging. They do not include delivery.

Request a Quote

hallo@colorama.space

COLORAMA
Kunsthaus Acud, Torbogen rechts
Veteranenstrasse 21, 10119 Berlin,
U8 Rosenthaler Platz

IMPRESSUM
Collin & Maierski PRINT GbR
StNr.:34/431/01951
USt-IdNr: DE300658882

OPEN HOURS
Currently the Colorama Studio is only available by appointment



Subscribe to our newsletter :


• All print works have to be paid directly in cash or within one week via bank transfer.
• We understand an agreement to our quote as a job confirmation. If the job is cancelled by you later, we have to charge you for any special materials that we had to order specifically for your job or any prints we have already produced.
• If your project’s costs exceed 700€ we are asking for a prepayment of 50%.
• We can’t take responsibilty for delays that occur by ordering specific paper or ink that we dont have in stock but you want to work with.
• We are not printing material that is either harmful to the rights of others or harmful to our printer.
• If the settings of a pdf have to be adjusted by us very timeconsumingly we are going to put an extra charge on the bill that we will let you know beforehand.
• By submitting us your print job you are aware of the inaccuracies that occur when printing with Riso.
• The works have to be picked up within two weeks and only on mondays, wednesdays and thursdays between 10.00 and 18.00 or by appointment.
• We use a trackable courier service that will insure the content. However we are not responsible for any damages that might occur during delivery.


WEB DESIGN by Charlotte Collin
WEB PROGRAMMING by Rob Gordon

Copyright 2015 © Colorama
All rights reserved

Colorama is a Riso-printing studio with a small comic-distribution and publishing section based in the Kulturhaus ACUD in Berlin. The studio is run by Johanna Maierski.

We own a Risograph MZ970 and a set of various machines allowing us to produce a wide range of printed matter: books, posters, flyers, postcards, cassette & vinyl inlays, stationary, business cards, envelopes, labels...

We are working with trustworthy binders, engravers, and silk screen printers to be able to answer any kind of printing demand.


COLORAMA aims to share its craftmanship to make the process of designing, illustrating, conceptualizing, printing, binding, publishing and distributing as accessible as possible.

Since last year Colorama is hosting workshops in collaborations with universities/ artists / specific pros to expand the field of Riso into bigger perspectives. The workshops are meant to be a platform for kids and grown-ups to exchange their approaches and experiences and to losen up the process of creative output and shared authorship.

We organize workshops on a non-regular basis. If you wish to recieve more information about future workshops, or if you want to organize a workshop with us, get in touch.

COLORAMA PRESS is a small publishing house that is specialised in comics and graphics. Have a look at our latest releases here

Colorama Bookshelf is our bookshelf section where we stock and sell books, posters, zines, records and other printed matter, both in our studio and online. If you wish to appear on our shelves, don't hesitate to submit us your work.


Riso means ideal in Japanese. The digital printer-duplicator a.k.a. Risograph was invented in 1986 by the Japanese compagny RISO Kagaku Corporation. Designed to be a high-volume, fast and low cost photocopier and marketed for schools, churches, prisons and political parties, the risograph reveals to have a very peculiar and unique aesthetic allowing beautiful colour overlays. It stands between screen printing and offset lithography. Using a stencil-based printing process and real inks gives riso-prints a result similar to silkscreen with beautiful bright colors.

Apart from the great cost/efficiency, the Risograph appears to have also great ecological qualities, since the inks are soy-based, the masters are made from banana paper and it produces a very minimum amount of waste.

The file is sent from a computer to the machine or directly scanned. A master is created for each color, by burning a negative image onto a waxed sheet. This master is then wrapped around a drum and ink is forced through the voids of Wthe master. The paper runs flat through the machine while the drum rotates at high speed to print each image on the paper.

We own :


  • a risograph MZ970
    (12 colors available)
  • a stapler
  • a folding machine A3
  • a cutting machine
  • a round corner cutter

we stock these papers :


  • Munken Print White 1.5
    90 / 115 / 150 / 300 gsm
  • Munken Polar rough
    300 gsm
    A wooden free paper with
    longlasting color.
  • Pegasus Geese
    90 gsm
    A cheap option, also wood free
  • Caribic & Carneval Offset (multiple colours)
    80 gsm, 250 gsm
  • Igepa Crush (multiple colours and gsm)
  • Maroque (multiple colours and gsm)

Riso can only print on Din A3 or A4 uncoated paper between 60 and 300gsm.
You are welcome to bring your own paper if it respects these prescriptions.

We can also order in paper for you if you let us know in advance.

Printing Area


The Riso MZ970 can print 2 colors in one pass on DIN A3 paper and allows a maximum print area of : 289 x 409 mm.

For full bleed designs, add a security bleed of at least 4 mm.
Final format is then :
283 x 404 mm.

COLORS


We currently have the possibility to print 12 colors. We show you here an approximation of the RGB colour and the Pantone reference.

Depending on the opacity and raster, overlaps can create a great variety of new colours.

Burgundy (221 U)

Fluorescent Pink (806 U)

Medium Blue (Reflex Blue U)

Black (Process Black U)

Green (354U)

Yellow (Process Yellow U)

Red (Warm Red U)

Purple (2597 U)

Fluo Orange (805 U)

Flat Gold (1245 U)

Blue (Process Blue U)

White

OPACITY


The Riso creates halftones. The higher the opacity is in your file, the bigger the dots will be.
We show you here an example of variation of opacity (100 to 10%) with a 71 lpi halftone.

BINDING


We are able to produce various kind of binding:

- saddle stitching
- side stapling
- singer sewing (side or spine)
- japanese binding
- perfect binding
- tape binding
- pad binding
- coil
- perforation + screws

Every request is manageable with enough advance notice.

We also work together with professional binders for more complex requests, such as boxes, hardcovers, hardbound book spine stitching,...

side stapling

saddle stitching

singer sewing (side or spine)

perforation + screws

japanese binding (pages folded)

tape binding

perfect binding

pad binding

coil or wire binding


CUTTING


We own a staple cutter. Since printing on a Risograph is always coming with inaccuracies there can be slight shifts of the print borders. You should take that in consideration and always have a safe bleed of at least 3mm. See our technical guide section for more informations.

COLORED EDGES


We are able to produce business cards with colored edges.

A3

Our risograph can print up to A3.
To spare masters and papers, interlock your smaller format into A3.

DOUBLESIDED

It is very difficult to achieve perfect back up print. Bare this in mind in your design process.

INACCURACY

The risograph has limits of accuracy. The overlaps can be adjusted manually in the printing process but there can always be shifts. This should be taken in account in your design process.

  • Surfaces should overlap under lines.
  • Text should be only on one layer.

IMPERFECTIONS

Slight print marks can appear, especially when printing more than two layers or double sided. But these can easily be rubbed off with a rubber.

Tracks marks from the paper feeding rollers can appear, especially using heavy inking.

CLEAR BORDER

Keep a clear border of at least 10 mm.
----> Do not set up any text or images in this margin. You would risk to see it cut.

FONT


  • Do not set type in photoshop.
  • Vectorize your font to avoid any problem of pixellisation.
  • Size should not go under 6 pt.
  • Font under 12pt should be set in registration black (100/100/100/100)
  • Over 12pt use a 100% black (0/0/0/100)

RULE


----> lines should not go under 0,25 pt.

INK PLACEMENT


Avoid inking the head of the paper. This causes the feeding marks and paper jams.

  • Place your designs on the bottom of the page if possible.
  • Do not use 100% color flat in this area.

color flat AREA


The risograph cannot print homogenous large color area. Avoid them. It also causes print marks and paper jams.

CONTRAST


The risograph tends to lighten images. Don’t hesitate to boost the contrast.
White should be 0% and black 100%.
Go to our color section to see the color ranges according to intensities.
To check this percentage in photoshop, use the information pipette.

CMYK


Riso inks aren't available in cyan or magenta. To print CMYK pictures, we replace these 2 channels with colours such as medium blue and red or fluorescent pink. We charge a fee for separating channels and preparing files.

HALFTONES


The risograph creates halftones.
----> No need to add it in photoshop!

However you can influence the halftones by varying opacity in your file (size of the dots) and by changing the lpi, line per inch (spacing of the dots) directly on the printer.

If you don’t give us any specification, we will use the following settings:

  • 43 lpi: extensive ink coverage.
  • 71 lpi: regular setup.
  • 106 lpi: photographs and small fonts.

Resolution


The Risograph machine has a resolution of 600 dpi. Use this resolution for your images. 300 dpi will also work but for thin lines we recommand 600.

Color Mode


Send us only images in Grayscale mode.
  • No CMJN
  • No RVB
  • No MULTILAYER
  • No BITMAP
  • No Lab
  • No effects in InDesign or Photoshop
  • No transparency

Formats


Due to margin, bleed and imposition, exact A4 and A5 format cannot be interlocked on A3. Here is a list of some maximum formats you can reach:

  • A3 print area :
  • A3 with bleed
  • nearest A4 (A3/2) :
  • nearest A4 with bleed :
  • nearest A5 :
  • nearest A5 with bleed :
  • saddle stiched : 200 x 281 mm (>A4)
  • saddle stiched : 140 x 196 mm (>A5)
  • perfect binded : 196 x 281 mm (>A4)
  • perfect binded : 136 x 196 mm (>A5)

Imposition


Saddle stiched 16 pages booklet >A4.

Saddle stiched 16 pages booklet >A5.

File Format


We accept pdf, tiff or indesign package (attach an idml file to prevent any software compatibility problem).

Bleed & Crop Marks


Add 4mm bleed on your full bleed designs. If your image isn’t full bleed, there is no need to add bleed.

Draw your crop marks always 4mm from the picture and outside of the bleed. Use a 0,25pt rule.

Print Files

Send us ONE FILE PER COLOR.

It should be A3 GRAYSCALE, 600dpi PDF, TIFF or INDESIGN PACKAGE with 4mm BLEED (if full bleed design), 4/4/4/7mm MARGIN from the risograph, 10mm CLEAR BORDER and CROP MARKS.

Proof


Always send us a low definition of the final image of your design with superimposition of colors (pdf, jpeg or png). We need it as a reference and proof. We won’t start printing before we receive this file.

Downloads


Here are some indesign mock-ups with margins from the machine, crop marks, clear border, bleed for full bleed designs and imposition for booklets. You are welcome to use them.

Check the layers in indesign.

  • A3 PRINT AREA
  • A3 with bleed

Here are our prices. For an estimate fill out our form.

  • SETUP FEE / PROJECT8€
  • MASTER / COLOR5€
  • PRINT / COLOR0,06€ - 0,35€
  • PAPER / A30,05€ - 0,60€

Sorting, binding and finishing costs are depending on the number of copies and the complexity of the project.
For an estimate price, fill out our form.

If you don’t have the knowledge or the time to produce print-ready A3 pdfs, we can help you out. Depending on the complexity we will put an additional fee on every master.

Posters


  • Poster A353€
100 x A3, 2/0 col, Munken Print White 115 gsm.
  • Poster A3 fancy paper75€
50 x A3, 5/0 col, Munken Polar Rough 170 gsm, wooden free paper for a longlasting color.

Flyers / Cards


  • Flyer one colour36€
400 A6, 1/0 col, Munken Print White 115 gsm.
  • Flyer A6 two colours39€
400 x A6, 2/0 col, Munken Print White 115 gsm.
  • Folded Cards A665€
80 x A6 (open format A5), 2/0 col,
Munken Polar 200 gsm.
  • Business cards75€
200 business cards, 2/2 col,
Munken Polar Rough 300 gsm.

Brochures / Books


  • Basic Brochure one colour240€
100 A5 (open format A4) brochures, 1/1 col, 32 pages, inside Munken Print White 90 gsm, Cover Munken Polar 200gsm, saddle stitch binding.
  • Basic Brochure two colours320€
100 A5 (open format A4) Brochures, 2/2 col, 32 pages, inside Munken Print White 90g, Cover Munken Polar 200gsm, saddle stitch binding.
  • Fancy Brochure440€
50 A4 (open format A3) Brochures, cover 5/2 col, inside 2/2 col, 32 pages, inside Munken Print White 150 gsm cover Munken Polar Rough 300 gsm, saddle stitch binding.

All Prices are net prices and include sorting, folding, cutting and packaging. They do not include delivery.

Request a Quote

hallo@colorama.space

COLORAMA
Kunsthaus Acud, Torbogen rechts
Veteranenstrasse 21, 10119 Berlin,
U8 Rosenthaler Platz

IMPRESSUM
Collin & Maierski PRINT GbR
StNr.:34/431/01951
USt-IdNr: DE300658882

OPEN HOURS
Currently the Colorama Studio is only available by appointment



Subscribe to our newsletter :


• All print works have to be paid directly in cash or within one week via bank transfer.
• We understand an agreement to our quote as a job confirmation. If the job is cancelled by you later, we have to charge you for any special materials that we had to order specifically for your job or any prints we have already produced.
• If your project’s costs exceed 700€ we are asking for a prepayment of 50%.
• We can’t take responsibilty for delays that occur by ordering specific paper or ink that we dont have in stock but you want to work with.
• We are not printing material that is either harmful to the rights of others or harmful to our printer.
• If the settings of a pdf have to be adjusted by us very timeconsumingly we are going to put an extra charge on the bill that we will let you know beforehand.
• By submitting us your print job you are aware of the inaccuracies that occur when printing with Riso.
• The works have to be picked up within two weeks and only on mondays, wednesdays and thursdays between 10.00 and 18.00 or by appointment.
• We use a trackable courier service that will insure the content. However we are not responsible for any damages that might occur during delivery.


WEB DESIGN by Charlotte Collin
WEB PROGRAMMING by Rob Gordon

Copyright 2015 © Colorama
All rights reserved

Colorama is a Riso-printing studio with a small comic-distribution and publishing section based in the Kulturhaus ACUD in Berlin. The studio is run by Johanna Maierski.

We own a Risograph MZ970 and a set of various machines allowing us to produce a wide range of printed matter: books, posters, flyers, postcards, cassette & vinyl inlays, stationary, business cards, envelopes, labels...

We are working with trustworthy binders, engravers, and silk screen printers to be able to answer any kind of printing demand.


COLORAMA aims to share its craftmanship to make the process of designing, illustrating, conceptualizing, printing, binding, publishing and distributing as accessible as possible.

Since last year Colorama is hosting workshops in collaborations with universities/ artists / specific pros to expand the field of Riso into bigger perspectives. The workshops are meant to be a platform for kids and grown-ups to exchange their approaches and experiences and to losen up the process of creative output and shared authorship.

We organize workshops on a non-regular basis. If you wish to recieve more information about future workshops, or if you want to organize a workshop with us, get in touch.

COLORAMA PRESS is a small publishing house that is specialised in comics and graphics. Have a look at our latest releases here

Colorama Bookshelf is our bookshelf section where we stock and sell books, posters, zines, records and other printed matter, both in our studio and online. If you wish to appear on our shelves, don't hesitate to submit us your work.


Riso means ideal in Japanese. The digital printer-duplicator a.k.a. Risograph was invented in 1986 by the Japanese compagny RISO Kagaku Corporation. Designed to be a high-volume, fast and low cost photocopier and marketed for schools, churches, prisons and political parties, the risograph reveals to have a very peculiar and unique aesthetic allowing beautiful colour overlays. It stands between screen printing and offset lithography. Using a stencil-based printing process and real inks gives riso-prints a result similar to silkscreen with beautiful bright colors.

Apart from the great cost/efficiency, the Risograph appears to have also great ecological qualities, since the inks are soy-based, the masters are made from banana paper and it produces a very minimum amount of waste.

The file is sent from a computer to the machine or directly scanned. A master is created for each color, by burning a negative image onto a waxed sheet. This master is then wrapped around a drum and ink is forced through the voids of Wthe master. The paper runs flat through the machine while the drum rotates at high speed to print each image on the paper.

We own :


  • a risograph MZ970
    (12 colors available)
  • a stapler
  • a folding machine A3
  • a cutting machine
  • a round corner cutter

we stock these papers :


  • Munken Print White 1.5
    90 / 115 / 150 / 300 gsm
  • Munken Polar rough
    300 gsm
    A wooden free paper with
    longlasting color.
  • Pegasus Geese
    90 gsm
    A cheap option, also wood free
  • Caribic & Carneval Offset (multiple colours)
    80 gsm, 250 gsm
  • Igepa Crush (multiple colours and gsm)
  • Maroque (multiple colours and gsm)

Riso can only print on Din A3 or A4 uncoated paper between 60 and 300gsm.
You are welcome to bring your own paper if it respects these prescriptions.

We can also order in paper for you if you let us know in advance.

Printing Area


The Riso MZ970 can print 2 colors in one pass on DIN A3 paper and allows a maximum print area of : 289 x 409 mm.

For full bleed designs, add a security bleed of at least 4 mm.
Final format is then :
283 x 404 mm.

COLORS


We currently have the possibility to print 12 colors. We show you here an approximation of the RGB colour and the Pantone reference.

Depending on the opacity and raster, overlaps can create a great variety of new colours.

Burgundy (221 U)

Fluorescent Pink (806 U)

Medium Blue (Reflex Blue U)

Black (Process Black U)

Green (354U)

Yellow (Process Yellow U)

Red (Warm Red U)

Purple (2597 U)

Fluo Orange (805 U)

Flat Gold (1245 U)

Blue (Process Blue U)

White

OPACITY


The Riso creates halftones. The higher the opacity is in your file, the bigger the dots will be.
We show you here an example of variation of opacity (100 to 10%) with a 71 lpi halftone.

BINDING


We are able to produce various kind of binding:

- saddle stitching
- side stapling
- singer sewing (side or spine)
- japanese binding
- perfect binding
- tape binding
- pad binding
- coil
- perforation + screws

Every request is manageable with enough advance notice.

We also work together with professional binders for more complex requests, such as boxes, hardcovers, hardbound book spine stitching,...

side stapling

saddle stitching

singer sewing (side or spine)

perforation + screws

japanese binding (pages folded)

tape binding

perfect binding

pad binding

coil or wire binding


CUTTING


We own a staple cutter. Since printing on a Risograph is always coming with inaccuracies there can be slight shifts of the print borders. You should take that in consideration and always have a safe bleed of at least 3mm. See our technical guide section for more informations.

COLORED EDGES


We are able to produce business cards with colored edges.

A3

Our risograph can print up to A3.
To spare masters and papers, interlock your smaller format into A3.

DOUBLESIDED

It is very difficult to achieve perfect back up print. Bare this in mind in your design process.

INACCURACY

The risograph has limits of accuracy. The overlaps can be adjusted manually in the printing process but there can always be shifts. This should be taken in account in your design process.

  • Surfaces should overlap under lines.
  • Text should be only on one layer.

IMPERFECTIONS

Slight print marks can appear, especially when printing more than two layers or double sided. But these can easily be rubbed off with a rubber.

Tracks marks from the paper feeding rollers can appear, especially using heavy inking.

CLEAR BORDER

Keep a clear border of at least 10 mm.
----> Do not set up any text or images in this margin. You would risk to see it cut.

FONT


  • Do not set type in photoshop.
  • Vectorize your font to avoid any problem of pixellisation.
  • Size should not go under 6 pt.
  • Font under 12pt should be set in registration black (100/100/100/100)
  • Over 12pt use a 100% black (0/0/0/100)

RULE


----> lines should not go under 0,25 pt.

INK PLACEMENT


Avoid inking the head of the paper. This causes the feeding marks and paper jams.

  • Place your designs on the bottom of the page if possible.
  • Do not use 100% color flat in this area.

color flat AREA


The risograph cannot print homogenous large color area. Avoid them. It also causes print marks and paper jams.

CONTRAST


The risograph tends to lighten images. Don’t hesitate to boost the contrast.
White should be 0% and black 100%.
Go to our color section to see the color ranges according to intensities.
To check this percentage in photoshop, use the information pipette.

CMYK


Riso inks aren't available in cyan or magenta. To print CMYK pictures, we replace these 2 channels with colours such as medium blue and red or fluorescent pink. We charge a fee for separating channels and preparing files.

HALFTONES


The risograph creates halftones.
----> No need to add it in photoshop!

However you can influence the halftones by varying opacity in your file (size of the dots) and by changing the lpi, line per inch (spacing of the dots) directly on the printer.

If you don’t give us any specification, we will use the following settings:

  • 43 lpi: extensive ink coverage.
  • 71 lpi: regular setup.
  • 106 lpi: photographs and small fonts.

Resolution


The Risograph machine has a resolution of 600 dpi. Use this resolution for your images. 300 dpi will also work but for thin lines we recommand 600.

Color Mode


Send us only images in Grayscale mode.
  • No CMJN
  • No RVB
  • No MULTILAYER
  • No BITMAP
  • No Lab
  • No effects in InDesign or Photoshop
  • No transparency

Formats


Due to margin, bleed and imposition, exact A4 and A5 format cannot be interlocked on A3. Here is a list of some maximum formats you can reach:

  • A3 print area :
  • A3 with bleed
  • nearest A4 (A3/2) :
  • nearest A4 with bleed :
  • nearest A5 :
  • nearest A5 with bleed :
  • saddle stiched : 200 x 281 mm (>A4)
  • saddle stiched : 140 x 196 mm (>A5)
  • perfect binded : 196 x 281 mm (>A4)
  • perfect binded : 136 x 196 mm (>A5)

Imposition


Saddle stiched 16 pages booklet >A4.

Saddle stiched 16 pages booklet >A5.

File Format


We accept pdf, tiff or indesign package (attach an idml file to prevent any software compatibility problem).

Bleed & Crop Marks


Add 4mm bleed on your full bleed designs. If your image isn’t full bleed, there is no need to add bleed.

Draw your crop marks always 4mm from the picture and outside of the bleed. Use a 0,25pt rule.

Print Files

Send us ONE FILE PER COLOR.

It should be A3 GRAYSCALE, 600dpi PDF, TIFF or INDESIGN PACKAGE with 4mm BLEED (if full bleed design), 4/4/4/7mm MARGIN from the risograph, 10mm CLEAR BORDER and CROP MARKS.

Proof


Always send us a low definition of the final image of your design with superimposition of colors (pdf, jpeg or png). We need it as a reference and proof. We won’t start printing before we receive this file.

Downloads


Here are some indesign mock-ups with margins from the machine, crop marks, clear border, bleed for full bleed designs and imposition for booklets. You are welcome to use them.

Check the layers in indesign.

  • A3 PRINT AREA
  • A3 with bleed

Here are our prices. For an estimate fill out our form.

  • SETUP FEE / PROJECT8€
  • MASTER / COLOR5€
  • PRINT / COLOR0,06€ - 0,35€
  • PAPER / A30,05€ - 0,60€

Sorting, binding and finishing costs are depending on the number of copies and the complexity of the project.
For an estimate price, fill out our form.

If you don’t have the knowledge or the time to produce print-ready A3 pdfs, we can help you out. Depending on the complexity we will put an additional fee on every master.

Posters


  • Poster A353€
100 x A3, 2/0 col, Munken Print White 115 gsm.
  • Poster A3 fancy paper75€
50 x A3, 5/0 col, Munken Polar Rough 170 gsm, wooden free paper for a longlasting color.

Flyers / Cards


  • Flyer one colour36€
400 A6, 1/0 col, Munken Print White 115 gsm.
  • Flyer A6 two colours39€
400 x A6, 2/0 col, Munken Print White 115 gsm.
  • Folded Cards A665€
80 x A6 (open format A5), 2/0 col,
Munken Polar 200 gsm.
  • Business cards75€
200 business cards, 2/2 col,
Munken Polar Rough 300 gsm.

Brochures / Books


  • Basic Brochure one colour240€
100 A5 (open format A4) brochures, 1/1 col, 32 pages, inside Munken Print White 90 gsm, Cover Munken Polar 200gsm, saddle stitch binding.
  • Basic Brochure two colours320€
100 A5 (open format A4) Brochures, 2/2 col, 32 pages, inside Munken Print White 90g, Cover Munken Polar 200gsm, saddle stitch binding.
  • Fancy Brochure440€
50 A4 (open format A3) Brochures, cover 5/2 col, inside 2/2 col, 32 pages, inside Munken Print White 150 gsm cover Munken Polar Rough 300 gsm, saddle stitch binding.

All Prices are net prices and include sorting, folding, cutting and packaging. They do not include delivery.

Request a Quote

hallo@colorama.space

COLORAMA
Kunsthaus Acud, Torbogen rechts
Veteranenstrasse 21, 10119 Berlin,
U8 Rosenthaler Platz

IMPRESSUM
Collin & Maierski PRINT GbR
StNr.:34/431/01951
USt-IdNr: DE300658882

OPEN HOURS
Currently the Colorama Studio is only available by appointment



Subscribe to our newsletter :


• All print works have to be paid directly in cash or within one week via bank transfer.
• We understand an agreement to our quote as a job confirmation. If the job is cancelled by you later, we have to charge you for any special materials that we had to order specifically for your job or any prints we have already produced.
• If your project’s costs exceed 700€ we are asking for a prepayment of 50%.
• We can’t take responsibilty for delays that occur by ordering specific paper or ink that we dont have in stock but you want to work with.
• We are not printing material that is either harmful to the rights of others or harmful to our printer.
• If the settings of a pdf have to be adjusted by us very timeconsumingly we are going to put an extra charge on the bill that we will let you know beforehand.
• By submitting us your print job you are aware of the inaccuracies that occur when printing with Riso.
• The works have to be picked up within two weeks and only on mondays, wednesdays and thursdays between 10.00 and 18.00 or by appointment.
• We use a trackable courier service that will insure the content. However we are not responsible for any damages that might occur during delivery.


WEB DESIGN by Charlotte Collin
WEB PROGRAMMING by Rob Gordon

Copyright 2015 © Colorama
All rights reserved

Colorama is a Riso-printing studio with a small comic-distribution and publishing section based in the Kulturhaus ACUD in Berlin. The studio is run by Johanna Maierski.

We own a Risograph MZ970 and a set of various machines allowing us to produce a wide range of printed matter: books, posters, flyers, postcards, cassette & vinyl inlays, stationary, business cards, envelopes, labels...

We are working with trustworthy binders, engravers, and silk screen printers to be able to answer any kind of printing demand.


COLORAMA aims to share its craftmanship to make the process of designing, illustrating, conceptualizing, printing, binding, publishing and distributing as accessible as possible.

Since last year Colorama is hosting workshops in collaborations with universities/ artists / specific pros to expand the field of Riso into bigger perspectives. The workshops are meant to be a platform for kids and grown-ups to exchange their approaches and experiences and to losen up the process of creative output and shared authorship.

We organize workshops on a non-regular basis. If you wish to recieve more information about future workshops, or if you want to organize a workshop with us, get in touch.

COLORAMA PRESS is a small publishing house that is specialised in comics and graphics. Have a look at our latest releases here

Colorama Bookshelf is our bookshelf section where we stock and sell books, posters, zines, records and other printed matter, both in our studio and online. If you wish to appear on our shelves, don't hesitate to submit us your work.


Riso means ideal in Japanese. The digital printer-duplicator a.k.a. Risograph was invented in 1986 by the Japanese compagny RISO Kagaku Corporation. Designed to be a high-volume, fast and low cost photocopier and marketed for schools, churches, prisons and political parties, the risograph reveals to have a very peculiar and unique aesthetic allowing beautiful colour overlays. It stands between screen printing and offset lithography. Using a stencil-based printing process and real inks gives riso-prints a result similar to silkscreen with beautiful bright colors.

Apart from the great cost/efficiency, the Risograph appears to have also great ecological qualities, since the inks are soy-based, the masters are made from banana paper and it produces a very minimum amount of waste.

The file is sent from a computer to the machine or directly scanned. A master is created for each color, by burning a negative image onto a waxed sheet. This master is then wrapped around a drum and ink is forced through the voids of Wthe master. The paper runs flat through the machine while the drum rotates at high speed to print each image on the paper.

We own :


  • a risograph MZ970
    (12 colors available)
  • a stapler
  • a folding machine A3
  • a cutting machine
  • a round corner cutter

we stock these papers :


  • Munken Print White 1.5
    90 / 115 / 150 / 300 gsm
  • Munken Polar rough
    300 gsm
    A wooden free paper with
    longlasting color.
  • Pegasus Geese
    90 gsm
    A cheap option, also wood free
  • Caribic & Carneval Offset (multiple colours)
    80 gsm, 250 gsm
  • Igepa Crush (multiple colours and gsm)
  • Maroque (multiple colours and gsm)

Riso can only print on Din A3 or A4 uncoated paper between 60 and 300gsm.
You are welcome to bring your own paper if it respects these prescriptions.

We can also order in paper for you if you let us know in advance.

Printing Area


The Riso MZ970 can print 2 colors in one pass on DIN A3 paper and allows a maximum print area of : 289 x 409 mm.

For full bleed designs, add a security bleed of at least 4 mm.
Final format is then :
283 x 404 mm.

COLORS


We currently have the possibility to print 12 colors. We show you here an approximation of the RGB colour and the Pantone reference.

Depending on the opacity and raster, overlaps can create a great variety of new colours.

Burgundy (221 U)

Fluorescent Pink (806 U)

Medium Blue (Reflex Blue U)

Black (Process Black U)

Green (354U)

Yellow (Process Yellow U)

Red (Warm Red U)

Purple (2597 U)

Fluo Orange (805 U)

Flat Gold (1245 U)

Blue (Process Blue U)

White

OPACITY


The Riso creates halftones. The higher the opacity is in your file, the bigger the dots will be.
We show you here an example of variation of opacity (100 to 10%) with a 71 lpi halftone.

BINDING


We are able to produce various kind of binding:

- saddle stitching
- side stapling
- singer sewing (side or spine)
- japanese binding
- perfect binding
- tape binding
- pad binding
- coil
- perforation + screws

Every request is manageable with enough advance notice.

We also work together with professional binders for more complex requests, such as boxes, hardcovers, hardbound book spine stitching,...

side stapling

saddle stitching

singer sewing (side or spine)

perforation + screws

japanese binding (pages folded)

tape binding

perfect binding

pad binding

coil or wire binding


CUTTING


We own a staple cutter. Since printing on a Risograph is always coming with inaccuracies there can be slight shifts of the print borders. You should take that in consideration and always have a safe bleed of at least 3mm. See our technical guide section for more informations.

COLORED EDGES


We are able to produce business cards with colored edges.

A3

Our risograph can print up to A3.
To spare masters and papers, interlock your smaller format into A3.

DOUBLESIDED

It is very difficult to achieve perfect back up print. Bare this in mind in your design process.

INACCURACY

The risograph has limits of accuracy. The overlaps can be adjusted manually in the printing process but there can always be shifts. This should be taken in account in your design process.

  • Surfaces should overlap under lines.
  • Text should be only on one layer.

IMPERFECTIONS

Slight print marks can appear, especially when printing more than two layers or double sided. But these can easily be rubbed off with a rubber.

Tracks marks from the paper feeding rollers can appear, especially using heavy inking.

CLEAR BORDER

Keep a clear border of at least 10 mm.
----> Do not set up any text or images in this margin. You would risk to see it cut.

FONT


  • Do not set type in photoshop.
  • Vectorize your font to avoid any problem of pixellisation.
  • Size should not go under 6 pt.
  • Font under 12pt should be set in registration black (100/100/100/100)
  • Over 12pt use a 100% black (0/0/0/100)

RULE


----> lines should not go under 0,25 pt.

INK PLACEMENT


Avoid inking the head of the paper. This causes the feeding marks and paper jams.

  • Place your designs on the bottom of the page if possible.
  • Do not use 100% color flat in this area.

color flat AREA


The risograph cannot print homogenous large color area. Avoid them. It also causes print marks and paper jams.

CONTRAST


The risograph tends to lighten images. Don’t hesitate to boost the contrast.
White should be 0% and black 100%.
Go to our color section to see the color ranges according to intensities.
To check this percentage in photoshop, use the information pipette.

CMYK


Riso inks aren't available in cyan or magenta. To print CMYK pictures, we replace these 2 channels with colours such as medium blue and red or fluorescent pink. We charge a fee for separating channels and preparing files.

HALFTONES


The risograph creates halftones.
----> No need to add it in photoshop!

However you can influence the halftones by varying opacity in your file (size of the dots) and by changing the lpi, line per inch (spacing of the dots) directly on the printer.

If you don’t give us any specification, we will use the following settings:

  • 43 lpi: extensive ink coverage.
  • 71 lpi: regular setup.
  • 106 lpi: photographs and small fonts.

Resolution


The Risograph machine has a resolution of 600 dpi. Use this resolution for your images. 300 dpi will also work but for thin lines we recommand 600.

Color Mode


Send us only images in Grayscale mode.
  • No CMJN
  • No RVB
  • No MULTILAYER
  • No BITMAP
  • No Lab
  • No effects in InDesign or Photoshop
  • No transparency

Formats


Due to margin, bleed and imposition, exact A4 and A5 format cannot be interlocked on A3. Here is a list of some maximum formats you can reach:

  • A3 print area :
  • A3 with bleed
  • nearest A4 (A3/2) :
  • nearest A4 with bleed :
  • nearest A5 :
  • nearest A5 with bleed :
  • saddle stiched : 200 x 281 mm (>A4)
  • saddle stiched : 140 x 196 mm (>A5)
  • perfect binded : 196 x 281 mm (>A4)
  • perfect binded : 136 x 196 mm (>A5)

Imposition


Saddle stiched 16 pages booklet >A4.

Saddle stiched 16 pages booklet >A5.

File Format


We accept pdf, tiff or indesign package (attach an idml file to prevent any software compatibility problem).

Bleed & Crop Marks


Add 4mm bleed on your full bleed designs. If your image isn’t full bleed, there is no need to add bleed.

Draw your crop marks always 4mm from the picture and outside of the bleed. Use a 0,25pt rule.

Print Files

Send us ONE FILE PER COLOR.

It should be A3 GRAYSCALE, 600dpi PDF, TIFF or INDESIGN PACKAGE with 4mm BLEED (if full bleed design), 4/4/4/7mm MARGIN from the risograph, 10mm CLEAR BORDER and CROP MARKS.

Proof


Always send us a low definition of the final image of your design with superimposition of colors (pdf, jpeg or png). We need it as a reference and proof. We won’t start printing before we receive this file.

Downloads


Here are some indesign mock-ups with margins from the machine, crop marks, clear border, bleed for full bleed designs and imposition for booklets. You are welcome to use them.

Check the layers in indesign.

  • A3 PRINT AREA
  • A3 with bleed

Here are our prices. For an estimate fill out our form.

  • SETUP FEE / PROJECT8€
  • MASTER / COLOR5€
  • PRINT / COLOR0,06€ - 0,35€
  • PAPER / A30,05€ - 0,60€

Sorting, binding and finishing costs are depending on the number of copies and the complexity of the project.
For an estimate price, fill out our form.

If you don’t have the knowledge or the time to produce print-ready A3 pdfs, we can help you out. Depending on the complexity we will put an additional fee on every master.

Posters


  • Poster A353€
100 x A3, 2/0 col, Munken Print White 115 gsm.
  • Poster A3 fancy paper75€
50 x A3, 5/0 col, Munken Polar Rough 170 gsm, wooden free paper for a longlasting color.

Flyers / Cards


  • Flyer one colour36€
400 A6, 1/0 col, Munken Print White 115 gsm.
  • Flyer A6 two colours39€
400 x A6, 2/0 col, Munken Print White 115 gsm.
  • Folded Cards A665€
80 x A6 (open format A5), 2/0 col,
Munken Polar 200 gsm.
  • Business cards75€
200 business cards, 2/2 col,
Munken Polar Rough 300 gsm.

Brochures / Books


  • Basic Brochure one colour240€
100 A5 (open format A4) brochures, 1/1 col, 32 pages, inside Munken Print White 90 gsm, Cover Munken Polar 200gsm, saddle stitch binding.
  • Basic Brochure two colours320€
100 A5 (open format A4) Brochures, 2/2 col, 32 pages, inside Munken Print White 90g, Cover Munken Polar 200gsm, saddle stitch binding.
  • Fancy Brochure440€
50 A4 (open format A3) Brochures, cover 5/2 col, inside 2/2 col, 32 pages, inside Munken Print White 150 gsm cover Munken Polar Rough 300 gsm, saddle stitch binding.

All Prices are net prices and include sorting, folding, cutting and packaging. They do not include delivery.

Request a Quote

hallo@colorama.space

COLORAMA
Kunsthaus Acud, Torbogen rechts
Veteranenstrasse 21, 10119 Berlin,
U8 Rosenthaler Platz

IMPRESSUM
Collin & Maierski PRINT GbR
StNr.:34/431/01951
USt-IdNr: DE300658882

OPEN HOURS
Currently the Colorama Studio is only available by appointment



Subscribe to our newsletter :


• All print works have to be paid directly in cash or within one week via bank transfer.
• We understand an agreement to our quote as a job confirmation. If the job is cancelled by you later, we have to charge you for any special materials that we had to order specifically for your job or any prints we have already produced.
• If your project’s costs exceed 700€ we are asking for a prepayment of 50%.
• We can’t take responsibilty for delays that occur by ordering specific paper or ink that we dont have in stock but you want to work with.
• We are not printing material that is either harmful to the rights of others or harmful to our printer.
• If the settings of a pdf have to be adjusted by us very timeconsumingly we are going to put an extra charge on the bill that we will let you know beforehand.
• By submitting us your print job you are aware of the inaccuracies that occur when printing with Riso.
• The works have to be picked up within two weeks and only on mondays, wednesdays and thursdays between 10.00 and 18.00 or by appointment.
• We use a trackable courier service that will insure the content. However we are not responsible for any damages that might occur during delivery.


WEB DESIGN by Charlotte Collin
WEB PROGRAMMING by Rob Gordon

Copyright 2015 © Colorama
All rights reserved

Colorama is a Riso-printing studio with a small comic-distribution and publishing section based in the Kulturhaus ACUD in Berlin. The studio is run by Johanna Maierski.

We own a Risograph MZ970 and a set of various machines allowing us to produce a wide range of printed matter: books, posters, flyers, postcards, cassette & vinyl inlays, stationary, business cards, envelopes, labels...

We are working with trustworthy binders, engravers, and silk screen printers to be able to answer any kind of printing demand.


COLORAMA aims to share its craftmanship to make the process of designing, illustrating, conceptualizing, printing, binding, publishing and distributing as accessible as possible.

Since last year Colorama is hosting workshops in collaborations with universities/ artists / specific pros to expand the field of Riso into bigger perspectives. The workshops are meant to be a platform for kids and grown-ups to exchange their approaches and experiences and to losen up the process of creative output and shared authorship.

We organize workshops on a non-regular basis. If you wish to recieve more information about future workshops, or if you want to organize a workshop with us, get in touch.

COLORAMA PRESS is a small publishing house that is specialised in comics and graphics. Have a look at our latest releases here

Colorama Bookshelf is our bookshelf section where we stock and sell books, posters, zines, records and other printed matter, both in our studio and online. If you wish to appear on our shelves, don't hesitate to submit us your work.


Riso means ideal in Japanese. The digital printer-duplicator a.k.a. Risograph was invented in 1986 by the Japanese compagny RISO Kagaku Corporation. Designed to be a high-volume, fast and low cost photocopier and marketed for schools, churches, prisons and political parties, the risograph reveals to have a very peculiar and unique aesthetic allowing beautiful colour overlays. It stands between screen printing and offset lithography. Using a stencil-based printing process and real inks gives riso-prints a result similar to silkscreen with beautiful bright colors.

Apart from the great cost/efficiency, the Risograph appears to have also great ecological qualities, since the inks are soy-based, the masters are made from banana paper and it produces a very minimum amount of waste.

The file is sent from a computer to the machine or directly scanned. A master is created for each color, by burning a negative image onto a waxed sheet. This master is then wrapped around a drum and ink is forced through the voids of Wthe master. The paper runs flat through the machine while the drum rotates at high speed to print each image on the paper.

We own :


  • a risograph MZ970
    (12 colors available)
  • a stapler
  • a folding machine A3
  • a cutting machine
  • a round corner cutter

we stock these papers :


  • Munken Print White 1.5
    90 / 115 / 150 / 300 gsm
  • Munken Polar rough
    300 gsm
    A wooden free paper with
    longlasting color.
  • Pegasus Geese
    90 gsm
    A cheap option, also wood free
  • Caribic & Carneval Offset (multiple colours)
    80 gsm, 250 gsm
  • Igepa Crush (multiple colours and gsm)
  • Maroque (multiple colours and gsm)

Riso can only print on Din A3 or A4 uncoated paper between 60 and 300gsm.
You are welcome to bring your own paper if it respects these prescriptions.

We can also order in paper for you if you let us know in advance.

Printing Area


The Riso MZ970 can print 2 colors in one pass on DIN A3 paper and allows a maximum print area of : 289 x 409 mm.

For full bleed designs, add a security bleed of at least 4 mm.
Final format is then :
283 x 404 mm.

COLORS


We currently have the possibility to print 12 colors. We show you here an approximation of the RGB colour and the Pantone reference.

Depending on the opacity and raster, overlaps can create a great variety of new colours.

Burgundy (221 U)

Fluorescent Pink (806 U)

Medium Blue (Reflex Blue U)

Black (Process Black U)

Green (354U)

Yellow (Process Yellow U)

Red (Warm Red U)

Purple (2597 U)

Fluo Orange (805 U)

Flat Gold (1245 U)

Blue (Process Blue U)

White

OPACITY


The Riso creates halftones. The higher the opacity is in your file, the bigger the dots will be.
We show you here an example of variation of opacity (100 to 10%) with a 71 lpi halftone.

BINDING


We are able to produce various kind of binding:

- saddle stitching
- side stapling
- singer sewing (side or spine)
- japanese binding
- perfect binding
- tape binding
- pad binding
- coil
- perforation + screws

Every request is manageable with enough advance notice.

We also work together with professional binders for more complex requests, such as boxes, hardcovers, hardbound book spine stitching,...

side stapling

saddle stitching

singer sewing (side or spine)

perforation + screws

japanese binding (pages folded)

tape binding

perfect binding

pad binding

coil or wire binding


CUTTING


We own a staple cutter. Since printing on a Risograph is always coming with inaccuracies there can be slight shifts of the print borders. You should take that in consideration and always have a safe bleed of at least 3mm. See our technical guide section for more informations.

COLORED EDGES


We are able to produce business cards with colored edges.

A3

Our risograph can print up to A3.
To spare masters and papers, interlock your smaller format into A3.

DOUBLESIDED

It is very difficult to achieve perfect back up print. Bare this in mind in your design process.

INACCURACY

The risograph has limits of accuracy. The overlaps can be adjusted manually in the printing process but there can always be shifts. This should be taken in account in your design process.

  • Surfaces should overlap under lines.
  • Text should be only on one layer.

IMPERFECTIONS

Slight print marks can appear, especially when printing more than two layers or double sided. But these can easily be rubbed off with a rubber.

Tracks marks from the paper feeding rollers can appear, especially using heavy inking.

CLEAR BORDER

Keep a clear border of at least 10 mm.
----> Do not set up any text or images in this margin. You would risk to see it cut.

FONT


  • Do not set type in photoshop.
  • Vectorize your font to avoid any problem of pixellisation.
  • Size should not go under 6 pt.
  • Font under 12pt should be set in registration black (100/100/100/100)
  • Over 12pt use a 100% black (0/0/0/100)

RULE


----> lines should not go under 0,25 pt.

INK PLACEMENT


Avoid inking the head of the paper. This causes the feeding marks and paper jams.

  • Place your designs on the bottom of the page if possible.
  • Do not use 100% color flat in this area.

color flat AREA


The risograph cannot print homogenous large color area. Avoid them. It also causes print marks and paper jams.

CONTRAST


The risograph tends to lighten images. Don’t hesitate to boost the contrast.
White should be 0% and black 100%.
Go to our color section to see the color ranges according to intensities.
To check this percentage in photoshop, use the information pipette.

CMYK


Riso inks aren't available in cyan or magenta. To print CMYK pictures, we replace these 2 channels with colours such as medium blue and red or fluorescent pink. We charge a fee for separating channels and preparing files.

HALFTONES


The risograph creates halftones.
----> No need to add it in photoshop!

However you can influence the halftones by varying opacity in your file (size of the dots) and by changing the lpi, line per inch (spacing of the dots) directly on the printer.

If you don’t give us any specification, we will use the following settings:

  • 43 lpi: extensive ink coverage.
  • 71 lpi: regular setup.
  • 106 lpi: photographs and small fonts.

Resolution


The Risograph machine has a resolution of 600 dpi. Use this resolution for your images. 300 dpi will also work but for thin lines we recommand 600.

Color Mode


Send us only images in Grayscale mode.
  • No CMJN
  • No RVB
  • No MULTILAYER
  • No BITMAP
  • No Lab
  • No effects in InDesign or Photoshop
  • No transparency

Formats


Due to margin, bleed and imposition, exact A4 and A5 format cannot be interlocked on A3. Here is a list of some maximum formats you can reach:

  • A3 print area :
  • A3 with bleed
  • nearest A4 (A3/2) :
  • nearest A4 with bleed :
  • nearest A5 :
  • nearest A5 with bleed :
  • saddle stiched : 200 x 281 mm (>A4)
  • saddle stiched : 140 x 196 mm (>A5)
  • perfect binded : 196 x 281 mm (>A4)
  • perfect binded : 136 x 196 mm (>A5)

Imposition


Saddle stiched 16 pages booklet >A4.

Saddle stiched 16 pages booklet >A5.

File Format


We accept pdf, tiff or indesign package (attach an idml file to prevent any software compatibility problem).

Bleed & Crop Marks


Add 4mm bleed on your full bleed designs. If your image isn’t full bleed, there is no need to add bleed.

Draw your crop marks always 4mm from the picture and outside of the bleed. Use a 0,25pt rule.

Print Files

Send us ONE FILE PER COLOR.

It should be A3 GRAYSCALE, 600dpi PDF, TIFF or INDESIGN PACKAGE with 4mm BLEED (if full bleed design), 4/4/4/7mm MARGIN from the risograph, 10mm CLEAR BORDER and CROP MARKS.

Proof


Always send us a low definition of the final image of your design with superimposition of colors (pdf, jpeg or png). We need it as a reference and proof. We won’t start printing before we receive this file.

Downloads


Here are some indesign mock-ups with margins from the machine, crop marks, clear border, bleed for full bleed designs and imposition for booklets. You are welcome to use them.

Check the layers in indesign.

  • A3 PRINT AREA
  • A3 with bleed

Here are our prices. For an estimate fill out our form.

  • SETUP FEE / PROJECT8€
  • MASTER / COLOR5€
  • PRINT / COLOR0,06€ - 0,35€
  • PAPER / A30,05€ - 0,60€

Sorting, binding and finishing costs are depending on the number of copies and the complexity of the project.
For an estimate price, fill out our form.

If you don’t have the knowledge or the time to produce print-ready A3 pdfs, we can help you out. Depending on the complexity we will put an additional fee on every master.

Posters


  • Poster A353€
100 x A3, 2/0 col, Munken Print White 115 gsm.
  • Poster A3 fancy paper75€
50 x A3, 5/0 col, Munken Polar Rough 170 gsm, wooden free paper for a longlasting color.

Flyers / Cards


  • Flyer one colour36€
400 A6, 1/0 col, Munken Print White 115 gsm.
  • Flyer A6 two colours39€
400 x A6, 2/0 col, Munken Print White 115 gsm.
  • Folded Cards A665€
80 x A6 (open format A5), 2/0 col,
Munken Polar 200 gsm.
  • Business cards75€
200 business cards, 2/2 col,
Munken Polar Rough 300 gsm.

Brochures / Books


  • Basic Brochure one colour240€
100 A5 (open format A4) brochures, 1/1 col, 32 pages, inside Munken Print White 90 gsm, Cover Munken Polar 200gsm, saddle stitch binding.
  • Basic Brochure two colours320€
100 A5 (open format A4) Brochures, 2/2 col, 32 pages, inside Munken Print White 90g, Cover Munken Polar 200gsm, saddle stitch binding.
  • Fancy Brochure440€
50 A4 (open format A3) Brochures, cover 5/2 col, inside 2/2 col, 32 pages, inside Munken Print White 150 gsm cover Munken Polar Rough 300 gsm, saddle stitch binding.

All Prices are net prices and include sorting, folding, cutting and packaging. They do not include delivery.

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hallo@colorama.space

COLORAMA
Kunsthaus Acud, Torbogen rechts
Veteranenstrasse 21, 10119 Berlin,
U8 Rosenthaler Platz

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• All print works have to be paid directly in cash or within one week via bank transfer.
• We understand an agreement to our quote as a job confirmation. If the job is cancelled by you later, we have to charge you for any special materials that we had to order specifically for your job or any prints we have already produced.
• If your project’s costs exceed 700€ we are asking for a prepayment of 50%.
• We can’t take responsibilty for delays that occur by ordering specific paper or ink that we dont have in stock but you want to work with.
• We are not printing material that is either harmful to the rights of others or harmful to our printer.
• If the settings of a pdf have to be adjusted by us very timeconsumingly we are going to put an extra charge on the bill that we will let you know beforehand.
• By submitting us your print job you are aware of the inaccuracies that occur when printing with Riso.
• The works have to be picked up within two weeks and only on mondays, wednesdays and thursdays between 10.00 and 18.00 or by appointment.
• We use a trackable courier service that will insure the content. However we are not responsible for any damages that might occur during delivery.


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ORDER TYPE :
  book
  zine
  booklet
  poster
  flyer
  business cards
  envelopes
  letterhead
  stickers
  record cover
  postcards
  other


(minimum print run : 20 sheets × A3)

  single-sided
  double-sided

NUMBER OF COLORS

side #1
  1
  2
  3
  4
  5
side #2
  1
  2
  3
  4
  5

PAPER
Munken print white
  90
  115
  150
  300 gsm
Pegasus Geese
  90 gsm
Munken Polar Rough
  300 gsm
Recycle Star
  300 gsm
Caribic or Carneval Offset
  80
  250 gsm
Igepa Crush
  Any
Maroque
  Any
I bring my own paper
(uncoated, DIN A3 or DIN A4)

We can also order in paper for you.
Tell us what you want and we will inquire for you.

If you are hesitating, feel free to drop by our studio. We have a big collection of paper samples.



BINDING
side stitching
saddle stitching
singer sewing
perfect binding
japanese binding
coil
screws

SPECIAL FINISHING
foil stamping
round corners
perforations
colored edges


I DELIVER A PRINT-READY PDF
(A3 for each color with crop marks/bleed/vectorized font/no transparency mode/ black and white)
  yes
  no

TEST PRINT REQUIRED
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SHIPPING
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  berlin (courier)
  germany
  europe
  international

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