Introducing RISO - an easy-to-use set of brushes for Procreate, bringing the crisp and gorgeous textures of Risograph printing to Procreate! Amazing for illustration of all kinds, 'Risograph' is a soy-based ink printing process, designed mainly for high-volume photocopying and printing. It was released in Japan in August 1986 and remains much-loved by artists today for its wonderful visual aesthetic.
We took several real Risograph print samples,and deconstructed the essence down to a compact yet efficient set of 8 brushes. Don't take our word for it, check out this demonstration gif (sped up).
As you can see, these brushes behave just like the inks they mimic - every time you lift your pen and put a new mark down, it adds to the previous mark and the colors combine. So when yellow is put down over blue it turns... green! This only works when working on the same layer, but you can change the layer blend mode of the top layer to "Multiply" for the same effect. You could also use these brushes to mask solid shapes to apply the texture on top!
- RISO Texture Dense - This brush is great for blocking in areas of color with its mostly opaque texture, though it does leave a gorgeous crunchy texture equally as wonderful for building layers upon.
- RISO Texture Light - A companion to the first one, this brush is also intended for placing solid areas of color, but with a lighter, finer texture that allows you to see bits of the layer underneath. Perfect for building up complex textures and colors.
- RISO Speckled Liner - I felt it was important to include liner brushes that worked cohesively with the other textures, so the Speckled Liner was born. Has the signature dotted/stippled appearance that makes it feel truly risograph-printed.
- RISO Grungy Liner - Another liner, but with a thicker and more dense texture the result of multiple layers.
- RISO Texture Shader - This is a very soft pressure-sensitive shader that puts down a gritty mottled texture, for when you want to shade more traditionally controlling opacity.
- RISO Heavy Shader - These next three shaders are awesome! All of these are meant to be applied in layers and built up. With a normal shader brush, pen pressure typically controls opacity, but here it controls how densely the dots go down which is really PERFECT for simulating risograph. This brush yields the thickest, heaviest dots of ink.
- RISO Light Shader - The same family as Heavy Shader, but a finer texture.
- RISO Speckled Shader - This brush yields a very fine spattering of riso dots, great for accenting and adding a sublte grit.
Here's some detail shots from the fantastic art provided by Dean Stuart:
Procreate 4 is here, and its amazing! You can now install a LOT of brushes at once using the new Files app in iOS 11. We recommend backing up your purchase using an iCloud account (its free), or syncing them to Files with iTunes.
First things first... USE SAFARI on iPad!
Tip Top Brush sets use the new "Brushset" file format made available in Procreate 4.2+. This is great! You can now load brushes with one single file. Once you've completed your purchase, select the blue button "access digital content" and you will be presented with a list of your purchased brush sets.
If it ends in *.brushset, it is the file you want (color swatches go in the swatches menu.)
1. Using Safari on iPad, tap the file and wait for it download (might take a few minutes if you have a slow collection, the brushes often use high resolution textures). Most sets are around 30MB, but it tells you next to the file name.
2. Now select "Open in Procreate". Done! The set can be found as a new group in the brushes menu.