PUBLISHING

Every year we select a small number of projects to publish that include zines, artist books, and prints. If your project is selected you will receive 50% of the printed edition completely free of charge. We retain the rest of the edition to sell and widely distribute online and through our retail outlets. If you are interested in being considered for our publishing services please send us a project proposal. Project proposals should include visual examples and outline all the specifics: print size/page size, page count, paper preferences, number of colors, and medium.

 

What we offer:
Our print shops are located in Berkeley and Los Angeles CA. We specialize in Risograph publishing as well as artist editioning in the traditional print mediums of:

Stone and photo-lithography,
Copper plate and photo-intaglio
Silkscreen printing
Relief printing

 

RISO PRINTING

What is a Risograph?
The majority of our publishing is done via Risograph because of its quality spot colors, high volume capacity, and cost effectiveness. The Risograph is a stencil-based digital duplicator. It has a limited color palette, and can only print one color at a time because each color requires a dedicated ink drum.

The ink drum is a cylinder wrapped in a metal screen and filled with ink. Each color image is cut via thermal heads into a film, creating a stencil. This stencil is automatically wrapped around the ink drum. During printing, ink is pushed through the cut stencil and onto the print paper.

This method of stencil printing is what gives Riso its signature look. Although it is ideal for printing color flats, it is also capable of printing at 600dpi in a preset dither dot pattern.  This means that the Riso can print photographs. Since each color requires a different print drum and stencil, in order to print full-color photographs files must printed via four-color process printing.

Why Riso?
A Riso print offers some of the charm and character that is classically sought after in traditional printmaking. Each printed color retains its vibrancy due to the fact that only one color may be printed at a time. This process of layering colors requires manual registration, which is imperfect—lending a quality that mirrors analog prints. The Risograph is capable of printing on a wide variety of paper weights and sizes.

COLOR CHART

* Paper Prep Diagram

 

FOR INQUIRIES

Info@tinysplendor.com