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A3 paper selection Price per sheet (in euros)
Eos 90 0.25
Eos 120 0.36
Greentop 100 0.28
Greentop 1500.16
Greentop 2400.25
Munken Lynx White 100 (A3+)    0.25
Metapaper Anarchy Red 120 2
Metapaper Extrarough Warm 1050.6
Metapaper Powder Rose 2702.5
Lessebo Design 100 (White)0.25
Crush Kiwi 1200.75
Crush Corn 2501.72


Starting costs per color: 8 euro
Printing costs per sheet for 1 color: 0.25 cents


Cutting (1-10 cuts)    10 euro
Folding / Stapling     0.50 euro per booklet
Coil Binding           1 euro per booklet


You want to make 50 A4 sized Zines, printed on EOS90 with 2 colors on every page. The Zine has 24 pages. We always print on A3, so we can fit 4 pages on 1 sheet!

Paper: 50x (6 sheets x0.25)=     75 euro
Startup costs: 2 colors x8 euro= 16 euro
Printing costs: 50x(6 sheets x 2 sides 2 colors x 0.25)=                           300 euro
Cutting:                         10 euro

Total costs    401
Reduction     -30 euro
New Total      371

Total cost per zine: 7,42 euro

*We have different discounts when you print more. Between 200 and 500 prints you will get a 10% discount on printing operations.

We create all our publications on our  digital stencil duplicator called Jefe.
The machine can be used either through a Mac/PC or through the glass plate on top of the RISO. The duplicator can be seen as combining the silkscreen printing process and a photocopier. The machine has to be loaded with printing drums, each of them has a specific color assigned to them. Because the inkt is on oil base, the colors mix with eachother and can be cleaverly used to create gradients for example.

Colors Available:



The inks are oil made from rice bran; are non toxic, and can be mixed with each other. Because the printing process is based on the stencil technique, the ink is put on top of the paper and thus needs some time to dry. Heavier ink coverage means more time to dry, and increases the possibility that smudges occur. There are fixation processes that can speed up drying time, but keep in mind that all RISO prints still smudge even after a long time of drying. Big surface areas of heavy ink coverage (80 to 95% opacity) should be avoided. These usually result in inconsistent ink coverage. Dot raster halftone patterns can also help when wanting to print big surfaces.


The paper used for RISO printing has to be uncoated, fairly rough paper for the best results. If the paper is coated or too smooth, the ink will not stay on the paper and stay wet for a long time. We have several papers available, mostly A3 sized ones as this is the biggest surface to print on and is the easiest size available to purchase. Paper weights between 90 and 250 grams are recommended as these yield the best results and the smallest possibility on paper jams/miss feeds.

Layouting for the RISO

One thing to keep in mind while layouting your design for RISO printing is the maximum paper and printing dimensions of the machine. Each model has its own specific size regulations, so even if you have printed on an A3 machine before, our machine probably has some other margins. See the dimension below:

Riso RZ1070E
Maximum paper size: A3+ (329mm x 483mm)
Usual paper size: A3 (297x420mm)
Maximum printing area: (291mm x 413mm)
Paper weight: 80-300 gram uncoated
Resolution: 600DPI

Keep in mind that you need to have white margins around each edge of the paper (it is not possible to print edgeless on a RISO machine!). To get the best printing results you want to keep a 5-10mm white space around the borders. Within this smaller area you can place your crop marks and design. We usually advise a 5mm bleed to make sure that you don’t end up with white borders in the trimmed end result.

Some technical stuff

-Design preferably in Illustrator or Indesign (or use the Spectrolite app!)
-Send a separate grayscale PDF for each ink color
-Name your files clearly, eg. yourname_artwork_inkcolour.pdf
-Your file should be A3 size (420 x 297mm)
-Leave a minimum of 10mm blank margins on each edge
-Files should be at least 300 dpi resolution
-Flatten any layers before exporting your PDF
-Please include a full color proof of your final design
-For a 100% printed opacity you should use 95% opacity in your digital file (the ink will spread out, thus turning 95 into 100 % coverage)
-Type smaller than 12pt, as well as the registration marks, can best be set to registration black (even if printing in another color). If the Riso knows it’s printing text it will preserve sharpness and ensure a higher quality print. We recommend not using Photoshop to set type, as this means it is rasterized and no longer ‘read’ by the machine as text.


We have an Ideal 4705 cutting table. Its maximum cutting length is 475mm (A3+) and up to 700 pages of 80 gram paper at a time.

Folding and Stapling

We have an A3+ booklet maker in the studio. It is possible to fold AND staple booklets in one go. The number of pages depends on the thickness of the paper. The maximum thickness for 1 sheet is 160 grams. It is also possible to just fold sheets without stapling them. We recently also acquired a plastic coil spiral binding machine. Custom colors can be ordered and booklets up to 300 pages can be bound with this.