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We produce prints, posters, flyers, stationery, business cards, invitations, zines, books, catalogues, CD packaging, cassette covers, record covers & inserts and leaflets.

At Ditto we care about what we do and want to help you as much as we can. Let us know if you have any questions about our services, or if you just need guidance. We like experimenting and trying out new ideas and are always happy to talk about them.

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Risograph printing

History

Ditto was the first company in the UK to specialise in Risograph printing as an artistic technique and is a world leader in terms of quality and innovation. Risographs were developed as a means of producing high volume prints at reasonably low cost, and were mostly used by churches, schools, prisons and political parties. They were not designed for high-end print, but over the years we have found ways to wrangle them to our advantage. 

Overview

A stencil printer, also known as a Risograph, is an exciting piece of duplication technology. The machine  creates a thermographic master plate for each colour in your artwork which is then wrapped around a drum. Ink is forced through the voids in the master. The paper runs through the machine while the drum rotates to print each image on the paper. We can produce high quality Riso prints using special colour ink, quickly and inexpensively.

Why use Riso?

The beauty of Riso printing is its warmth, character and vivid colour range. It is also cost effective for shorter run publications. Our goal has always been to put Riso printing on the same level as established print techniques, and this has been achieved over the last five years. Each print job has its own requirements and the best Riso projects are those that are designed with the process in mind.

Offset printing

Background 

Offset printing involves transferring ink from a plate to a rubber blanket and then on to paper. It is one of the most established and common print techniques. It is an accurate print process and capable of faithful colour reproduction. 

We specialise in digital offset printing and can also provide offset litho print. 

Digital offset

Digital offset machines replace the traditional metal plate with a laser-written electrostatically charged drum. This saves a lot of time and set-up cost. 

DIgital offset is best suited for short run high-resolution reproduction. It is not as fast as its older brother, offset litho, but is far cheaper for short run jobs. 

Offset litho

Offset litho printing combines the offsetting technique with lithography, whereby oil based ink is kept in place by a water solution which repels it from blank areas. 

Offset litho is suitable for larger runs of high resolution publications as the set up cost if fairly high but the running cost is low due to its high speed.