COLORS

We currently have 20 different colors. We show you here a selection of scanned colors in 80% opacity in 71lpi. Please note that our color range is continuousely changing.
You find all current colors in the storyhighlights of our instagram

Yellow (Yellow U)

Fluo Orange (805 U)

Orange (021 U)

Crimson (485 U)

Fluo Pink (806 U)

Raspberry (207 U)

Purple (2685 U)

Violet (265 U)

Aqua (637 U)

Blue (3005 U)

MediumBlue (286 U)

FederalBlue (288 U)

Teal (321 U)

Green (354U)

Flat Gold (1245 U)

Metallic Gold (872 U)

Light Gray (424 U)

Black (Black U)

OPACITY


The Riso can print different shades of one color from one file. You can achieve that by using different opacities in your grayscale file. The higher the opacity is in your file, the bigger the dots will be or the closer they will be accumulated, so the color will be darker or more intense.
Here you can see the different opacities (100 to 10%) with a 71 lpi halftone in GREEN.

HALFTONES - GRAINTOUCH


The Riosgraph can print with halftones or graintouch. Halftones create different opacities or gradients with dots, that either vary in size or in spacing - it is measured in lpi (between 30-120) Graintouch creates different opacities or gradients with tiny dots that all have the same size, that accumluate to create darker or more intense coloring.

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

  • 71 lpi: default setting.
  • 43 lpi: extensive ink coverage or "newspaper look".
  • 90 lpi: photographs with multiple colors
  • 110 lpi: small text
  • Graintouch (Dither): digital illustrations or scanned artworks with a lot of texture or gradients

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 can't print a homogenous large color area. Avoid them. If you have a big color area, keep the opacity between 80-95% (depending on the size). Like this you will avoid a watercolor effect, wet ink-spots and paper jams.




BURN OUTS


The risograph can only print opacities between 3-97%.
If you have a photograph make sure to keep your curve between these % to avoid burnt out spots.

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. Especially when you print double-sided, with many colors or details or design something that relys on very accurate imposition.

  • Surfaces should overlap under lines.
  • Don't overprint text or thin lines.

IMPERFECTIONS

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

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




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)

LINES


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

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.

The print margins of the Risograph are irregular, find the measurements on the graphic below.

A3

Our risograph can print up to A3.
To spare masters and papers, impose your smaller formats on A3.

CROP MARKS & BLEED

Always add Crop Marks (within the printable area) unless your design is exactly A3 in size without bleed. We need them for cutting and printing accurately.
Bleed is printing that goes beyond the edge where the paper will be trimmed later. You need to use it, if you want to have a full-bleed print or publication. It needs to be within the printable area of the A3 and should be at least 4mm.




Imposition



This shows an example of a Saddle stiched 16 pages booklet >A4.


This shows an example of a Saddle stiched 16 pages booklet >A5.

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

Print Files

Printready Files are:

A3 grayscale PDFs (600dpi if possible)

one file per color

If you want a smaller format, interlock it on the A3, don't forget crop marks and 4mm BLEED (for full bleed design)
Go to the File-setup & Margins section, if you are not sure.
We can also produce printready files for you. We will charge an extra fee for that depending on the project.

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.

Color Separation and CMYK


Riso inks are not available in CYAN or MAGENTA. To print CMYK pictures, we replace these 2 channels with colors such as BLUE or AQUA and CRIMSON or FLUO PINK.
The example below was printed in BLACK, CRIMSON, BLUE and YELLOW.

You can also make custom color-separations and print your images in any color-combination you like! The image below shows the before and after of an artwork by Malwine Stauss.

(Scan of Original Artwork) (Scan of Printed Artwork in MEDIUM BLUE, VIOLET, ORANGE, YELLOW)

On the example below you see a printed artwork by Melek Zertal. We separated the color areas into a tritone of AQUA, FLUO PINK and YELLOW and printed the BLACK linework as an extra layer.

The image below shows a Duotone image. You can create a great effect already by only using two colors. We reccomend to use a darker and a lighter color. In this example we used TEAL and ORANGE.

We own :


  • a risograph MZ970, an RZ970, an RZ200EO and an E201
    (20 colors available)
  • a brochure maker (staples)
  • a staple machine (also loop-staples)
  • a stack cutter
  • a coil binder
  • a comb binder
  • several Lumbeck Presses for glue-binding
  • a round corner cutter
  • hole-punchers

we stock these papers :


  • Salzer EOS
    our basic and affordable paper for zines and inside pages (80-150gsm)
  • Munken Pure
    A wooden free paper, smooth. Ideal for Artprints and books with high quality paper. (80-300gsm)
  • Munken Print White 1.5
    Aging paper (turns yellow during time) but with an ideal sutructure for Riso-Printing. (80-300gsm)
  • Metapaper Extrarough / Rough
    A wooden free paper with a similiar structure as the Munken Print White. (80-300gsm)
  • Caribic & Carneval Offset
    varying colors and gsm. Specific colors can only be ordered in a minimum of 1.000 sheets.)
    colored Offsetpaper.

(Our paper stock is changing constantly so please tell us in advance which ones you would like to work with.)

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.

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 binding
- comb binding
- perforation + screws

Every request is manageable with enough advance notice.

We also work together with professional binders for more complex requests

side stapling

saddle stitching

singer sewing (side or spine)

perforation + screws

japanese binding (pages folded)

pad binding and tape binding

perfect binding (hard- and softcover)

coil, comb or wire binding

Swiss brochure (thread, staples or glue)



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 color 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.

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


  • TESTPRINT / A3 5€ / Color

  • MASTER / COLOR 5€

  • PRINT / COLOR 0,05€ - 0,70€

  • PAPER / A3 0,05€ - 1,00€

  • COLOR SEPARATION CMYK or RGB 15€ / A3 or image


  • COLOR SEPARATION CUSTOM 40-80€ / A3 or image


  • IMPOSITIONING for PRINT on A3 print-sheets (zines, books, cards etc.) 20-150€

BINDING
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.

CONSULTATION Basic paper and binding consultations are free. All additional consultations and services will be charged extra. This website is a free source for a lot of details on impositioning, margins and tips on what to avoid. Please read that carefully. If you would like to get a deeper insight into printing, color-separation and file-preparation please book one of our workshops. These matters need practice and can't be answered in emails or informal conversations! For people with little resources we offer community workshops for a small budget. We also offer "skill-workshops" for artists and designers who want to deepen their knowledge and skills! You can also ask us to do this work for you (prices above) or ask for a private longer consultation.

Request a Quote

hallo@colorama.space

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

IMPRESSUM
Johanna Maierski Print
StNr.:34/379/02670
USt-IdNr: DE315617558

OPEN HOURS
The Colorama Studio is only available by appointment

Subscribe to our newsletter :


• All print works have to be paid directly in cash or within two 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.
• We are not responsible for any delays in printing and production due to incorrect files sent by the client.
• 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 time-consumingly 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.
• 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
UPDATE by Johanna Maierski in 2021
WEB PROGRAMMING by Rob Gordon

Copyright 2015 © Colorama
All rights reserved

COLORS

We currently have 20 different colors. We show you here a selection of scanned colors in 80% opacity in 71lpi. Please note that our color range is continuousely changing.
You find all current colors in the storyhighlights of our instagram

Yellow (Yellow U)

Fluo Orange (805 U)

Orange (021 U)

Crimson (485 U)

Fluo Pink (806 U)

Raspberry (207 U)

Purple (2685 U)

Violet (265 U)

Aqua (637 U)

Blue (3005 U)

MediumBlue (286 U)

FederalBlue (288 U)

Teal (321 U)

Green (354U)

Flat Gold (1245 U)

Metallic Gold (872 U)

Light Gray (424 U)

Black (Black U)

OPACITY


The Riso can print different shades of one color from one file. You can achieve that by using different opacities in your grayscale file. The higher the opacity is in your file, the bigger the dots will be or the closer they will be accumulated, so the color will be darker or more intense.
Here you can see the different opacities (100 to 10%) with a 71 lpi halftone in GREEN.

HALFTONES - GRAINTOUCH


The Riosgraph can print with halftones or graintouch. Halftones create different opacities or gradients with dots, that either vary in size or in spacing - it is measured in lpi (between 30-120) Graintouch creates different opacities or gradients with tiny dots that all have the same size, that accumluate to create darker or more intense coloring.

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

  • 71 lpi: default setting.
  • 43 lpi: extensive ink coverage or "newspaper look".
  • 90 lpi: photographs with multiple colors
  • 110 lpi: small text
  • Graintouch (Dither): digital illustrations or scanned artworks with a lot of texture or gradients

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 can't print a homogenous large color area. Avoid them. If you have a big color area, keep the opacity between 80-95% (depending on the size). Like this you will avoid a watercolor effect, wet ink-spots and paper jams.




BURN OUTS


The risograph can only print opacities between 3-97%.
If you have a photograph make sure to keep your curve between these % to avoid burnt out spots.

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. Especially when you print double-sided, with many colors or details or design something that relys on very accurate imposition.

  • Surfaces should overlap under lines.
  • Don't overprint text or thin lines.

IMPERFECTIONS

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

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




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)

LINES


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

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.

The print margins of the Risograph are irregular, find the measurements on the graphic below.

A3

Our risograph can print up to A3.
To spare masters and papers, impose your smaller formats on A3.

CROP MARKS & BLEED

Always add Crop Marks (within the printable area) unless your design is exactly A3 in size without bleed. We need them for cutting and printing accurately.
Bleed is printing that goes beyond the edge where the paper will be trimmed later. You need to use it, if you want to have a full-bleed print or publication. It needs to be within the printable area of the A3 and should be at least 4mm.




Imposition



This shows an example of a Saddle stiched 16 pages booklet >A4.


This shows an example of a Saddle stiched 16 pages booklet >A5.

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

Print Files

Printready Files are:

A3 grayscale PDFs (600dpi if possible)

one file per color

If you want a smaller format, interlock it on the A3, don't forget crop marks and 4mm BLEED (for full bleed design)
Go to the File-setup & Margins section, if you are not sure.
We can also produce printready files for you. We will charge an extra fee for that depending on the project.

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.

Color Separation and CMYK


Riso inks are not available in CYAN or MAGENTA. To print CMYK pictures, we replace these 2 channels with colors such as BLUE or AQUA and CRIMSON or FLUO PINK.
The example below was printed in BLACK, CRIMSON, BLUE and YELLOW.

You can also make custom color-separations and print your images in any color-combination you like! The image below shows the before and after of an artwork by Malwine Stauss.

(Scan of Original Artwork) (Scan of Printed Artwork in MEDIUM BLUE, VIOLET, ORANGE, YELLOW)

On the example below you see a printed artwork by Melek Zertal. We separated the color areas into a tritone of AQUA, FLUO PINK and YELLOW and printed the BLACK linework as an extra layer.

The image below shows a Duotone image. You can create a great effect already by only using two colors. We reccomend to use a darker and a lighter color. In this example we used TEAL and ORANGE.

We own :


  • a risograph MZ970, an RZ970, an RZ200EO and an E201
    (20 colors available)
  • a brochure maker (staples)
  • a staple machine (also loop-staples)
  • a stack cutter
  • a coil binder
  • a comb binder
  • several Lumbeck Presses for glue-binding
  • a round corner cutter
  • hole-punchers

we stock these papers :


  • Salzer EOS
    our basic and affordable paper for zines and inside pages (80-150gsm)
  • Munken Pure
    A wooden free paper, smooth. Ideal for Artprints and books with high quality paper. (80-300gsm)
  • Munken Print White 1.5
    Aging paper (turns yellow during time) but with an ideal sutructure for Riso-Printing. (80-300gsm)
  • Metapaper Extrarough / Rough
    A wooden free paper with a similiar structure as the Munken Print White. (80-300gsm)
  • Caribic & Carneval Offset
    varying colors and gsm. Specific colors can only be ordered in a minimum of 1.000 sheets.)
    colored Offsetpaper.

(Our paper stock is changing constantly so please tell us in advance which ones you would like to work with.)

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.

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 binding
- comb binding
- perforation + screws

Every request is manageable with enough advance notice.

We also work together with professional binders for more complex requests

side stapling

saddle stitching

singer sewing (side or spine)

perforation + screws

japanese binding (pages folded)

pad binding and tape binding

perfect binding (hard- and softcover)

coil, comb or wire binding

Swiss brochure (thread, staples or glue)



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 color 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.

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


  • TESTPRINT / A3 5€ / Color

  • MASTER / COLOR 5€

  • PRINT / COLOR 0,05€ - 0,70€

  • PAPER / A3 0,05€ - 1,00€

  • COLOR SEPARATION CMYK or RGB 15€ / A3 or image


  • COLOR SEPARATION CUSTOM 40-80€ / A3 or image


  • IMPOSITIONING for PRINT on A3 print-sheets (zines, books, cards etc.) 20-150€

BINDING
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.

CONSULTATION Basic paper and binding consultations are free. All additional consultations and services will be charged extra. This website is a free source for a lot of details on impositioning, margins and tips on what to avoid. Please read that carefully. If you would like to get a deeper insight into printing, color-separation and file-preparation please book one of our workshops. These matters need practice and can't be answered in emails or informal conversations! For people with little resources we offer community workshops for a small budget. We also offer "skill-workshops" for artists and designers who want to deepen their knowledge and skills! You can also ask us to do this work for you (prices above) or ask for a private longer consultation.

Request a Quote

hallo@colorama.space

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

IMPRESSUM
Johanna Maierski Print
StNr.:34/379/02670
USt-IdNr: DE315617558

OPEN HOURS
The Colorama Studio is only available by appointment

Subscribe to our newsletter :


• All print works have to be paid directly in cash or within two 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.
• We are not responsible for any delays in printing and production due to incorrect files sent by the client.
• 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 time-consumingly 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.
• 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
UPDATE by Johanna Maierski in 2021
WEB PROGRAMMING by Rob Gordon

Copyright 2015 © Colorama
All rights reserved

COLORS

We currently have 20 different colors. We show you here a selection of scanned colors in 80% opacity in 71lpi. Please note that our color range is continuousely changing.
You find all current colors in the storyhighlights of our instagram

Yellow (Yellow U)

Fluo Orange (805 U)

Orange (021 U)

Crimson (485 U)

Fluo Pink (806 U)

Raspberry (207 U)

Purple (2685 U)

Violet (265 U)

Aqua (637 U)

Blue (3005 U)

MediumBlue (286 U)

FederalBlue (288 U)

Teal (321 U)

Green (354U)

Flat Gold (1245 U)

Metallic Gold (872 U)

Light Gray (424 U)

Black (Black U)

OPACITY


The Riso can print different shades of one color from one file. You can achieve that by using different opacities in your grayscale file. The higher the opacity is in your file, the bigger the dots will be or the closer they will be accumulated, so the color will be darker or more intense.
Here you can see the different opacities (100 to 10%) with a 71 lpi halftone in GREEN.

HALFTONES - GRAINTOUCH


The Riosgraph can print with halftones or graintouch. Halftones create different opacities or gradients with dots, that either vary in size or in spacing - it is measured in lpi (between 30-120) Graintouch creates different opacities or gradients with tiny dots that all have the same size, that accumluate to create darker or more intense coloring.

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

  • 71 lpi: default setting.
  • 43 lpi: extensive ink coverage or "newspaper look".
  • 90 lpi: photographs with multiple colors
  • 110 lpi: small text
  • Graintouch (Dither): digital illustrations or scanned artworks with a lot of texture or gradients

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 can't print a homogenous large color area. Avoid them. If you have a big color area, keep the opacity between 80-95% (depending on the size). Like this you will avoid a watercolor effect, wet ink-spots and paper jams.




BURN OUTS


The risograph can only print opacities between 3-97%.
If you have a photograph make sure to keep your curve between these % to avoid burnt out spots.

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. Especially when you print double-sided, with many colors or details or design something that relys on very accurate imposition.

  • Surfaces should overlap under lines.
  • Don't overprint text or thin lines.

IMPERFECTIONS

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

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




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)

LINES


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

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.

The print margins of the Risograph are irregular, find the measurements on the graphic below.

A3

Our risograph can print up to A3.
To spare masters and papers, impose your smaller formats on A3.

CROP MARKS & BLEED

Always add Crop Marks (within the printable area) unless your design is exactly A3 in size without bleed. We need them for cutting and printing accurately.
Bleed is printing that goes beyond the edge where the paper will be trimmed later. You need to use it, if you want to have a full-bleed print or publication. It needs to be within the printable area of the A3 and should be at least 4mm.




Imposition



This shows an example of a Saddle stiched 16 pages booklet >A4.


This shows an example of a Saddle stiched 16 pages booklet >A5.

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

Print Files

Printready Files are:

A3 grayscale PDFs (600dpi if possible)

one file per color

If you want a smaller format, interlock it on the A3, don't forget crop marks and 4mm BLEED (for full bleed design)
Go to the File-setup & Margins section, if you are not sure.
We can also produce printready files for you. We will charge an extra fee for that depending on the project.

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.

Color Separation and CMYK


Riso inks are not available in CYAN or MAGENTA. To print CMYK pictures, we replace these 2 channels with colors such as BLUE or AQUA and CRIMSON or FLUO PINK.
The example below was printed in BLACK, CRIMSON, BLUE and YELLOW.

You can also make custom color-separations and print your images in any color-combination you like! The image below shows the before and after of an artwork by Malwine Stauss.

(Scan of Original Artwork) (Scan of Printed Artwork in MEDIUM BLUE, VIOLET, ORANGE, YELLOW)

On the example below you see a printed artwork by Melek Zertal. We separated the color areas into a tritone of AQUA, FLUO PINK and YELLOW and printed the BLACK linework as an extra layer.

The image below shows a Duotone image. You can create a great effect already by only using two colors. We reccomend to use a darker and a lighter color. In this example we used TEAL and ORANGE.

We own :


  • a risograph MZ970, an RZ970, an RZ200EO and an E201
    (20 colors available)
  • a brochure maker (staples)
  • a staple machine (also loop-staples)
  • a stack cutter
  • a coil binder
  • a comb binder
  • several Lumbeck Presses for glue-binding
  • a round corner cutter
  • hole-punchers

we stock these papers :


  • Salzer EOS
    our basic and affordable paper for zines and inside pages (80-150gsm)
  • Munken Pure
    A wooden free paper, smooth. Ideal for Artprints and books with high quality paper. (80-300gsm)
  • Munken Print White 1.5
    Aging paper (turns yellow during time) but with an ideal sutructure for Riso-Printing. (80-300gsm)
  • Metapaper Extrarough / Rough
    A wooden free paper with a similiar structure as the Munken Print White. (80-300gsm)
  • Caribic & Carneval Offset
    varying colors and gsm. Specific colors can only be ordered in a minimum of 1.000 sheets.)
    colored Offsetpaper.

(Our paper stock is changing constantly so please tell us in advance which ones you would like to work with.)

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.

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 binding
- comb binding
- perforation + screws

Every request is manageable with enough advance notice.

We also work together with professional binders for more complex requests

side stapling

saddle stitching

singer sewing (side or spine)

perforation + screws

japanese binding (pages folded)

pad binding and tape binding

perfect binding (hard- and softcover)

coil, comb or wire binding

Swiss brochure (thread, staples or glue)



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 color 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.

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


  • TESTPRINT / A3 5€ / Color

  • MASTER / COLOR 5€

  • PRINT / COLOR 0,05€ - 0,70€

  • PAPER / A3 0,05€ - 1,00€

  • COLOR SEPARATION CMYK or RGB 15€ / A3 or image


  • COLOR SEPARATION CUSTOM 40-80€ / A3 or image


  • IMPOSITIONING for PRINT on A3 print-sheets (zines, books, cards etc.) 20-150€

BINDING
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.

CONSULTATION Basic paper and binding consultations are free. All additional consultations and services will be charged extra. This website is a free source for a lot of details on impositioning, margins and tips on what to avoid. Please read that carefully. If you would like to get a deeper insight into printing, color-separation and file-preparation please book one of our workshops. These matters need practice and can't be answered in emails or informal conversations! For people with little resources we offer community workshops for a small budget. We also offer "skill-workshops" for artists and designers who want to deepen their knowledge and skills! You can also ask us to do this work for you (prices above) or ask for a private longer consultation.

Request a Quote

hallo@colorama.space

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

IMPRESSUM
Johanna Maierski Print
StNr.:34/379/02670
USt-IdNr: DE315617558

OPEN HOURS
The Colorama Studio is only available by appointment

Subscribe to our newsletter :


• All print works have to be paid directly in cash or within two 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.
• We are not responsible for any delays in printing and production due to incorrect files sent by the client.
• 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 time-consumingly 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.
• 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
UPDATE by Johanna Maierski in 2021
WEB PROGRAMMING by Rob Gordon

Copyright 2015 © Colorama
All rights reserved

COLORS

We currently have 20 different colors. We show you here a selection of scanned colors in 80% opacity in 71lpi. Please note that our color range is continuousely changing.
You find all current colors in the storyhighlights of our instagram

Yellow (Yellow U)

Fluo Orange (805 U)

Orange (021 U)

Crimson (485 U)

Fluo Pink (806 U)

Raspberry (207 U)

Purple (2685 U)

Violet (265 U)

Aqua (637 U)

Blue (3005 U)

MediumBlue (286 U)

FederalBlue (288 U)

Teal (321 U)

Green (354U)

Flat Gold (1245 U)

Metallic Gold (872 U)

Light Gray (424 U)

Black (Black U)

OPACITY


The Riso can print different shades of one color from one file. You can achieve that by using different opacities in your grayscale file. The higher the opacity is in your file, the bigger the dots will be or the closer they will be accumulated, so the color will be darker or more intense.
Here you can see the different opacities (100 to 10%) with a 71 lpi halftone in GREEN.

HALFTONES - GRAINTOUCH


The Riosgraph can print with halftones or graintouch. Halftones create different opacities or gradients with dots, that either vary in size or in spacing - it is measured in lpi (between 30-120) Graintouch creates different opacities or gradients with tiny dots that all have the same size, that accumluate to create darker or more intense coloring.

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

  • 71 lpi: default setting.
  • 43 lpi: extensive ink coverage or "newspaper look".
  • 90 lpi: photographs with multiple colors
  • 110 lpi: small text
  • Graintouch (Dither): digital illustrations or scanned artworks with a lot of texture or gradients

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 can't print a homogenous large color area. Avoid them. If you have a big color area, keep the opacity between 80-95% (depending on the size). Like this you will avoid a watercolor effect, wet ink-spots and paper jams.




BURN OUTS


The risograph can only print opacities between 3-97%.
If you have a photograph make sure to keep your curve between these % to avoid burnt out spots.

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. Especially when you print double-sided, with many colors or details or design something that relys on very accurate imposition.

  • Surfaces should overlap under lines.
  • Don't overprint text or thin lines.

IMPERFECTIONS

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

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




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)

LINES


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

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.

The print margins of the Risograph are irregular, find the measurements on the graphic below.

A3

Our risograph can print up to A3.
To spare masters and papers, impose your smaller formats on A3.

CROP MARKS & BLEED

Always add Crop Marks (within the printable area) unless your design is exactly A3 in size without bleed. We need them for cutting and printing accurately.
Bleed is printing that goes beyond the edge where the paper will be trimmed later. You need to use it, if you want to have a full-bleed print or publication. It needs to be within the printable area of the A3 and should be at least 4mm.




Imposition



This shows an example of a Saddle stiched 16 pages booklet >A4.


This shows an example of a Saddle stiched 16 pages booklet >A5.

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

Print Files

Printready Files are:

A3 grayscale PDFs (600dpi if possible)

one file per color

If you want a smaller format, interlock it on the A3, don't forget crop marks and 4mm BLEED (for full bleed design)
Go to the File-setup & Margins section, if you are not sure.
We can also produce printready files for you. We will charge an extra fee for that depending on the project.

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.

Color Separation and CMYK


Riso inks are not available in CYAN or MAGENTA. To print CMYK pictures, we replace these 2 channels with colors such as BLUE or AQUA and CRIMSON or FLUO PINK.
The example below was printed in BLACK, CRIMSON, BLUE and YELLOW.

You can also make custom color-separations and print your images in any color-combination you like! The image below shows the before and after of an artwork by Malwine Stauss.

(Scan of Original Artwork) (Scan of Printed Artwork in MEDIUM BLUE, VIOLET, ORANGE, YELLOW)

On the example below you see a printed artwork by Melek Zertal. We separated the color areas into a tritone of AQUA, FLUO PINK and YELLOW and printed the BLACK linework as an extra layer.

The image below shows a Duotone image. You can create a great effect already by only using two colors. We reccomend to use a darker and a lighter color. In this example we used TEAL and ORANGE.

We own :


  • a risograph MZ970, an RZ970, an RZ200EO and an E201
    (20 colors available)
  • a brochure maker (staples)
  • a staple machine (also loop-staples)
  • a stack cutter
  • a coil binder
  • a comb binder
  • several Lumbeck Presses for glue-binding
  • a round corner cutter
  • hole-punchers

we stock these papers :


  • Salzer EOS
    our basic and affordable paper for zines and inside pages (80-150gsm)
  • Munken Pure
    A wooden free paper, smooth. Ideal for Artprints and books with high quality paper. (80-300gsm)
  • Munken Print White 1.5
    Aging paper (turns yellow during time) but with an ideal sutructure for Riso-Printing. (80-300gsm)
  • Metapaper Extrarough / Rough
    A wooden free paper with a similiar structure as the Munken Print White. (80-300gsm)
  • Caribic & Carneval Offset
    varying colors and gsm. Specific colors can only be ordered in a minimum of 1.000 sheets.)
    colored Offsetpaper.

(Our paper stock is changing constantly so please tell us in advance which ones you would like to work with.)

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.

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 binding
- comb binding
- perforation + screws

Every request is manageable with enough advance notice.

We also work together with professional binders for more complex requests

side stapling

saddle stitching

singer sewing (side or spine)

perforation + screws

japanese binding (pages folded)

pad binding and tape binding

perfect binding (hard- and softcover)

coil, comb or wire binding

Swiss brochure (thread, staples or glue)



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 color 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.

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


  • TESTPRINT / A3 5€ / Color

  • MASTER / COLOR 5€

  • PRINT / COLOR 0,05€ - 0,70€

  • PAPER / A3 0,05€ - 1,00€

  • COLOR SEPARATION CMYK or RGB 15€ / A3 or image


  • COLOR SEPARATION CUSTOM 40-80€ / A3 or image


  • IMPOSITIONING for PRINT on A3 print-sheets (zines, books, cards etc.) 20-150€

BINDING
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.

CONSULTATION Basic paper and binding consultations are free. All additional consultations and services will be charged extra. This website is a free source for a lot of details on impositioning, margins and tips on what to avoid. Please read that carefully. If you would like to get a deeper insight into printing, color-separation and file-preparation please book one of our workshops. These matters need practice and can't be answered in emails or informal conversations! For people with little resources we offer community workshops for a small budget. We also offer "skill-workshops" for artists and designers who want to deepen their knowledge and skills! You can also ask us to do this work for you (prices above) or ask for a private longer consultation.

Request a Quote

hallo@colorama.space

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

IMPRESSUM
Johanna Maierski Print
StNr.:34/379/02670
USt-IdNr: DE315617558

OPEN HOURS
The Colorama Studio is only available by appointment

Subscribe to our newsletter :


• All print works have to be paid directly in cash or within two 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.
• We are not responsible for any delays in printing and production due to incorrect files sent by the client.
• 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 time-consumingly 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.
• 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
UPDATE by Johanna Maierski in 2021
WEB PROGRAMMING by Rob Gordon

Copyright 2015 © Colorama
All rights reserved

COLORS

We currently have 20 different colors. We show you here a selection of scanned colors in 80% opacity in 71lpi. Please note that our color range is continuousely changing.
You find all current colors in the storyhighlights of our instagram

Yellow (Yellow U)

Fluo Orange (805 U)

Orange (021 U)

Crimson (485 U)

Fluo Pink (806 U)

Raspberry (207 U)

Purple (2685 U)

Violet (265 U)

Aqua (637 U)

Blue (3005 U)

MediumBlue (286 U)

FederalBlue (288 U)

Teal (321 U)

Green (354U)

Flat Gold (1245 U)

Metallic Gold (872 U)

Light Gray (424 U)

Black (Black U)

OPACITY


The Riso can print different shades of one color from one file. You can achieve that by using different opacities in your grayscale file. The higher the opacity is in your file, the bigger the dots will be or the closer they will be accumulated, so the color will be darker or more intense.
Here you can see the different opacities (100 to 10%) with a 71 lpi halftone in GREEN.

HALFTONES - GRAINTOUCH


The Riosgraph can print with halftones or graintouch. Halftones create different opacities or gradients with dots, that either vary in size or in spacing - it is measured in lpi (between 30-120) Graintouch creates different opacities or gradients with tiny dots that all have the same size, that accumluate to create darker or more intense coloring.

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

  • 71 lpi: default setting.
  • 43 lpi: extensive ink coverage or "newspaper look".
  • 90 lpi: photographs with multiple colors
  • 110 lpi: small text
  • Graintouch (Dither): digital illustrations or scanned artworks with a lot of texture or gradients

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 can't print a homogenous large color area. Avoid them. If you have a big color area, keep the opacity between 80-95% (depending on the size). Like this you will avoid a watercolor effect, wet ink-spots and paper jams.




BURN OUTS


The risograph can only print opacities between 3-97%.
If you have a photograph make sure to keep your curve between these % to avoid burnt out spots.

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. Especially when you print double-sided, with many colors or details or design something that relys on very accurate imposition.

  • Surfaces should overlap under lines.
  • Don't overprint text or thin lines.

IMPERFECTIONS

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

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




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)

LINES


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

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.

The print margins of the Risograph are irregular, find the measurements on the graphic below.

A3

Our risograph can print up to A3.
To spare masters and papers, impose your smaller formats on A3.

CROP MARKS & BLEED

Always add Crop Marks (within the printable area) unless your design is exactly A3 in size without bleed. We need them for cutting and printing accurately.
Bleed is printing that goes beyond the edge where the paper will be trimmed later. You need to use it, if you want to have a full-bleed print or publication. It needs to be within the printable area of the A3 and should be at least 4mm.




Imposition



This shows an example of a Saddle stiched 16 pages booklet >A4.


This shows an example of a Saddle stiched 16 pages booklet >A5.

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

Print Files

Printready Files are:

A3 grayscale PDFs (600dpi if possible)

one file per color

If you want a smaller format, interlock it on the A3, don't forget crop marks and 4mm BLEED (for full bleed design)
Go to the File-setup & Margins section, if you are not sure.
We can also produce printready files for you. We will charge an extra fee for that depending on the project.

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.

Color Separation and CMYK


Riso inks are not available in CYAN or MAGENTA. To print CMYK pictures, we replace these 2 channels with colors such as BLUE or AQUA and CRIMSON or FLUO PINK.
The example below was printed in BLACK, CRIMSON, BLUE and YELLOW.

You can also make custom color-separations and print your images in any color-combination you like! The image below shows the before and after of an artwork by Malwine Stauss.

(Scan of Original Artwork) (Scan of Printed Artwork in MEDIUM BLUE, VIOLET, ORANGE, YELLOW)

On the example below you see a printed artwork by Melek Zertal. We separated the color areas into a tritone of AQUA, FLUO PINK and YELLOW and printed the BLACK linework as an extra layer.

The image below shows a Duotone image. You can create a great effect already by only using two colors. We reccomend to use a darker and a lighter color. In this example we used TEAL and ORANGE.

We own :


  • a risograph MZ970, an RZ970, an RZ200EO and an E201
    (20 colors available)
  • a brochure maker (staples)
  • a staple machine (also loop-staples)
  • a stack cutter
  • a coil binder
  • a comb binder
  • several Lumbeck Presses for glue-binding
  • a round corner cutter
  • hole-punchers

we stock these papers :


  • Salzer EOS
    our basic and affordable paper for zines and inside pages (80-150gsm)
  • Munken Pure
    A wooden free paper, smooth. Ideal for Artprints and books with high quality paper. (80-300gsm)
  • Munken Print White 1.5
    Aging paper (turns yellow during time) but with an ideal sutructure for Riso-Printing. (80-300gsm)
  • Metapaper Extrarough / Rough
    A wooden free paper with a similiar structure as the Munken Print White. (80-300gsm)
  • Caribic & Carneval Offset
    varying colors and gsm. Specific colors can only be ordered in a minimum of 1.000 sheets.)
    colored Offsetpaper.

(Our paper stock is changing constantly so please tell us in advance which ones you would like to work with.)

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.

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 binding
- comb binding
- perforation + screws

Every request is manageable with enough advance notice.

We also work together with professional binders for more complex requests

side stapling

saddle stitching

singer sewing (side or spine)

perforation + screws

japanese binding (pages folded)

pad binding and tape binding

perfect binding (hard- and softcover)

coil, comb or wire binding

Swiss brochure (thread, staples or glue)



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 color 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.

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


  • TESTPRINT / A3 5€ / Color

  • MASTER / COLOR 5€

  • PRINT / COLOR 0,05€ - 0,70€

  • PAPER / A3 0,05€ - 1,00€

  • COLOR SEPARATION CMYK or RGB 15€ / A3 or image


  • COLOR SEPARATION CUSTOM 40-80€ / A3 or image


  • IMPOSITIONING for PRINT on A3 print-sheets (zines, books, cards etc.) 20-150€

BINDING
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.

CONSULTATION Basic paper and binding consultations are free. All additional consultations and services will be charged extra. This website is a free source for a lot of details on impositioning, margins and tips on what to avoid. Please read that carefully. If you would like to get a deeper insight into printing, color-separation and file-preparation please book one of our workshops. These matters need practice and can't be answered in emails or informal conversations! For people with little resources we offer community workshops for a small budget. We also offer "skill-workshops" for artists and designers who want to deepen their knowledge and skills! You can also ask us to do this work for you (prices above) or ask for a private longer consultation.

Request a Quote

hallo@colorama.space

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

IMPRESSUM
Johanna Maierski Print
StNr.:34/379/02670
USt-IdNr: DE315617558

OPEN HOURS
The Colorama Studio is only available by appointment

Subscribe to our newsletter :


• All print works have to be paid directly in cash or within two 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.
• We are not responsible for any delays in printing and production due to incorrect files sent by the client.
• 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 time-consumingly 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.
• 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
UPDATE by Johanna Maierski in 2021
WEB PROGRAMMING by Rob Gordon

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COLORAMA RISOPRINTING
Founded in Berlin in 2015.

This page gathers all the information you need for risoprinting, enjoy!


hallo@colorama.space
Veteranenstrasse 21, 10119 Berlin
Open by appointment.


Request a Quote

Order Form

Please fill out this form to receive a quote from us.


ORDER TYPE :
  book
  zine
  Artprint
  poster
  flyer
  business cards
  postcards
  other


(minimum print run : 10 sheets × A3)

  single-sided
  double-sided

NUMBER OF COLORS :

PAPER
"Default" paper (flyers, posters, zines, books)
  80
  90
  100
  120gsm

High Quality paper (Artprints, books, bookcovers, business cards, postcards)
  80
  90
  120
  170
  200
  240
  300gsm

Recycling Paper
  80
  90
  120
  170
  200
  240
  300gsm

Colored Paper
  80
  90
  120
  170
  250gsm

Card-stock (postcards, business cards)
  White
Recycle
 brown/ grey Carton

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 (look at out "finishing and binding section if you are not sure which one you want and how we call it :)
saddle stitching (staples)
side stapling (from the top)
singer sewing
perfect binding
coil or comb binding
screws

SPECIAL FINISHING
foil stamping
round corners


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

TEST PRINT REQUIRED
  yes
  no

SHIPPING
  i pick it up
  berlin (courier)
  germany
  europe
  international

DUE DATE

Please describe your printed matter! Is it full bleed photos, line drawings, text? It helps us to calculate the price more precisely. If you want to print different designs (f.e. 3 x A3, 35 copies each), please specify here.
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