File preparation

If you are new to Riso please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. We offer a file set up service if some of the steps are not accessible to you.

  • Paper Size

    11x17" is the maximum paper size for Riso. We print almost all of our projects using this format.

  • Printing area

    The maximum printing area is 10.60 x 16.20 inches on the page. With an uneven top and bottom printing margin.

  • Templates and guides

    We strongly recommend using our templates to prepare your files. Printing area margins are uneven: Top 0.8 cm, sides: 0.5cm, bottom 1.2 cm.

    See templates 
  • Bleed

    All bleed, bleed marks or alignments marks, must be included inside the printing area/inside the margin.

  • *Important background

    Always make sure to add a white 11x17 rectangle or fill layer over the default background / below your artwork. Have it visible when saving and do not delete it from the template.

  • Text Rules

    It's best practice to create outlines or vectorize your text before creating your print files.

    Avoid overlaying text and use only one color. Due to the variation in alignment, the text might not be readable. Unless you like the style of course! :)

  • Set to black

    Please see our color separation tutorial for this step. Once you're ready to make your print files, separate your colors while making sure they are in the correct black value.

    Color separation Tutorial 
  • Print files

    Send us a separate pdf for each color layer. Name each one by color. Ex: yellow.pdf, blue.pdf and pink.pdf. Make sure they are in the right black and grey values. Include a full color jpeg of your artwork so I can get an overview of your project.

  • PDF format

    When saving your pdf please select the pdf/X1a:2001 option. This reduces the size of the file while retaining the quality plus it's less prone to file errors. Make sure you disable the preserve editing capabilities checkbox.

Color separation tuorial

Learn how to create your file with Riso colors and export your work for printing using photoshop

Check it out