PRINT STUDIO

SO-RI is a terrible excuse for me to start my own little RISO printing studio and publishing house. It’s run by me, Marnicq Roebben, in my tiny, little appartment in Borgerhout - Antwerp.

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WHAT IS RISO?
RISO is a Japanese brand of duplicators and printers. When people talk about risographs, they usually refer to the duplicator series of printers. They are quick, easy and cheap to print from and perfect for mass printing. Thanks to the use of soy inks, rice paper for the master print and the lack of a heating element, the machine is considered eco-friendly. SO-RI has a modern RISO EZ571e machine for printing up to A3 sized paper. Its stencil-based operation makes it somewhat similiar to screen printing.

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MULTIPLES
The RISO technique is great for printing 20 up to 1000s of copies. Printing just one copy would be silly as the machine needs to etch out an image on a master first, this would make printing a single image once very expensive. SO-RI suggests printing posters, flyers, zines and artist editions for the RISO technique to be an affordable and charming way to present your work or advertise your company, organisation or event.

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PRICING
€15,00 start up cost per project
€4,00 per master
€0,05 - €0,25 per page inked (min. 20 per master, price depends on ink coverage)
€0,10 per sheet of paper (unless you choose a fancier type of paper or bring your own paper)

Special offers
100 x 2-colour A3 posters for €40,00
100 x 3-colour A3 posters for €50,00
100 x 4-colour A3 posters for €60,00
500 x 2-colour double sided A5 flyers for €65,00
50 x 1-colour 16 page A5 zines (not folded, not stitched, not cut) for €80,00
50 x 2-colour 16 page A5 zines (not folded, not stitched, not cut) for €125,00

Large quantities might get discounted, contact me for a price enquiry in advance.

WORKSHOPS
Every so often SO-RI organises workshops to learn you the basics of RISO printing, zine-making, colour separation and much more. Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Instagram profiles to be up to date for the next workshops. 

If there aren't any workshops planned and you and a bunch of people are interested in following a workshop, feel free to send me an enquiry via: marnicqroebben@gmail.com

HOW TO PREPARE FILES FOR PRINTING?
Because the RISO machine prints each colour seperately, it works by printing from greyscale images. So make sure to deliver a black and white file.

If you're printing a single image, you can deliver the black and white image (per colour) as seperate image files (.png, .jpg, .tif or .psd) or as a .pdf-file.

If you're printing a booklet make sure everything is in the right order to be folded/stitched as you like it. Put everything in a .pdf-file. I prefer to receive one .pdf-file per colour.

If you’re printing flyers on the RISO try to keep in mind the paper size and be mindful of how many masters you use. You quite often are able of printing both recto and verso on one side of the paper, saving you a master sheet per colour printed. (See example for A5 sized flyers on a A3 sheet of paper).

Make sure all your files are formatted to fit on an A3 sized paper and please keep in mind that there is a 1cm edge on all sides which the RISO printer can’t print on.

COLOUR
Printing with RISO usually means using pre-specified spot colours, one colour after the other. SO-RI offers a spectrum of different RISO colours. At the time of writing, the studio has colour drums with black, bright red, green, blue, yellow, purple, fluorescent pink and fluorescent orange inks.

Each colour has its own drum. Printing multiple colours is possible but requires us to put the paper through the machine multiple times with a different drum inserted each time. This makes registration a lot harder and misregistrations are quite common while RISO printing.

COLOUR SEPARATION
Try to design your file with RISO printing in mind. When drawing you might want to keep the ink colours in mind while drawing.

If you need any help with colour separation in photographs, feel free to reach out to me for help.

IMPERFECTIONS
RISO printing is known for its lo-fi charm, so be sure to expect a lot of small and large imperfections. Registration marks will not consistently line up. Smudge marks from handling the paper quite often appear. Roller marks from the machine and ink residue from other inked paper might be visible. Most smudges and ink spots can simply be rubbed away with a rubber gum, just make sure not to rub over any inked areas. Try to avoid large inked areas in your design to avoid a lot of smudges.

If you’re not willing to deal with imperfections and misalignments, RISO printing might not be the thing for you.

HALF-TONE SCREENS AND PRINTING STYLES
The RISO machine allows you two options to choose from. You can let the RISO make the half tone screen for you, while giving you the option to choose the lpi (lines per inch) and screen angle. Or you can make up your own half tone screen in your digital file (or work with a bitmap file) and have it print in grain-touch for your desired results. The grain-touch option is also advisable when printing graphic work and texts. If your text is exported as text (and not as an image) the RISO machine will automatically print it as line work for the best results.

WHAT TO AVOID?
Avoid large and dense areas of inking, these will smudge more, leave more print marks and have a large chance of getting stuck in the printer.

Don't print up to the edge of the paper; the RISO machine simply can't do this.

Avoid using transparencies in your files, the RISO might not render the file correctly or might refuse to print the file.

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PUBLISHING STUDIO

OPEN CALL
I am always looking for people who want to publish their work with me. Contact me with any ideas. Photography, art, graphic design, graphic novels, philosophy, economics, politics, ... anything and anyone is welcome to submit!


Just send me an e-mail at: marnicqroebben@gmail.com and include the phrase 'Open Call' in the subject line.

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Contact
marnicqroebben@gmail.com
+32 475 46 57 95

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