Cthulhu Risograph

I had the chance to witness some really incredible risograph prints at the Gallery Nucleus in Portland and wanted to try designing one of my own. Risograph prints can be an alternative to screen printing although the color and sizing options are more limited. But the results can yield more charm and surprises than other print methods. 

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Below is the image as originally designed in Photoshop. 

11"x17" Digital

11"x17" Digital

And this is the result of the risograph print on off-white paper with red ink at 100% opacity. The speckled, distressed areas give it a hand-made look.

11"x17" Risograph Print

11"x17" Risograph Print

If you're looking to make your own risograph for the first time the first thing you'll want to do is find someone or a studio that offers the service and take note of the colors they offer. Try to limit your design to a couple of those colors and keep in mind the risograph prints tend to look best with flat, graphic art.

If you're someone like me, who likes drawing in Photoshop, then you may even consider converting your linework to vector, so the prints will come out as crisp and sharp as possible.