What we offer?


Why choose Risograph?

  1. Cost-effectiveness: Risograph printing is often more cost-effective than other print methods, particularly for small print runs. This is because it uses a simpler printing process that requires fewer materials and less setup time than offset or digital printing.

  2. Unique aesthetic: Risograph printing has a unique aesthetic that is difficult to replicate with other print methods. The prints have a distinct texture and colour palette that can give them a handmade or vintage feel.

  3. Environmentally friendly: Risograph printing uses soy-based inks and recycled paper, making it a more eco-friendly option than other print methods.

  4. Versatility: Risograph printing can be used for a wide range of print projects, including zines, posters, and art prints. It can also be used to print on a variety of paper stocks and sizes.

  5. Quick turnaround: Risograph printing has a relatively quick turnaround time, making it a good option for projects with tight deadlines.

Overall, risograph printing is a good option for those looking for a unique and cost-effective print method that can produce high-quality prints with a handmade feel.

Here at Overlay Press we offer a huge range of services and we love creative problem solving. Of course you can just send us files to print or we also happy to lead our technical expertise to evalate your projects. Here are some examples of what have been creating for people. 


Zine are a indepently published magazine, oftern a fanzine or art lead publications. We can offer a straight up printing service or 1 on 1  support/workshops to help you realise your ideas. We have a range of binding technques available such as staple / japanse / binding screws.

Occasion Cards / Invitations

We offer bespoke printing options with a huge range of materials available, suitable for many different occasions. 


Overlay Press runs monthly workshops click this link to see whats on at the moment.  We work along side a different organisations to run engaging and inclusive workshop. Also we can person 1 on 1 session or bespoke team building workshops for you and your colleagues.


Here in the studio we have worked with a lot of artist on bespoke editions. If you'd like to know more about how Overlay Press could work with you, email us [email protected]


Risograph printing is perfect for posters because of the viberate colours, unquic assetic and low cost. Don't be shy, drop us a message with your ideas... 

(Along side printing we offer distrubtion in the local, Newcastle upon Tyne area)


We have been experimenting with a variety of different techniques and we are almost ready to offer Risograph printed stickers. Keep an eye on our instagram for sticker updates.

Booklets / Menus:

We can offer a huge range of creative solutions for commuicating with your audience. Overlay Press is always open any printed project, big or small, just drop us a line.


Overlay Press offers quick turn around time and high qualitiy printing for all promotional material, with a variety in paper stock. Get in touch and we'll sort you out.

(Along side printing we offer distrubtion in the local, Newcastle upon Tyne area)

Come at us with your weird ideas:

Have you got unconventional, out of the box idea, don't be scared to throw it at us

History of Risograph

Risograph printing is a printing process that was developed by the Riso Kagaku Corporation of Japan in the 1980s. The process was created as a cheaper and faster alternative to offset printing, which was the dominant printing technology at the time.

The first digital risograph printer was the Riso 007, which was introduced in 1986. It used a stencil-based printing process that involved creating a master sheet for each colour layer of the print. The master sheet was then fed through the printer, which used a cylindrical drum to transfer ink from the master sheet onto the paper.

Risograph printing quickly gained popularity in Japan, where it was used primarily for producing school textbooks and other educational materials. It also became popular among small independent publishers and artists who were attracted to its unique aesthetic and low cost.

In the 1990s, risograph printing began to gain a following in other parts of the world, particularly in Europe and the United States. It was embraced by the zine and DIY publishing communities, who appreciated its low cost and ability to produce high-quality prints with a unique, handmade feel.

Today, risograph printing remains a popular and affordable option for producing zines, posters, art prints, and other small-scale print projects. Its unique aesthetic and eco-friendly materials make it an attractive option for those looking for a low-cost, sustainable printing alternative.

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