Is pigment ink good for photo printing?
Pigment ink is found in top-end photo printers, capable of high quality output onto a variety of media. It also has durable output as pigment inks don’t smudge and are lightfast- ideal for photos that will be on display.
Can any printer use pigment ink?
Canon and HP also offer both dye and pigment-based inks and compatible printers. The one major caveat about inkjet printer inks is that you should only use the kind of ink recommended for your printer. Pigment-based inks will quickly clog the ink jets of a printer that is designed for dye-based ink.
What is pigment print on paper?
Both ‘pigment print’ and ‘Giclée print’ terms denote a print made from a digital file directly to paper using an inkjet printer as an output device. Whilst the term is broad, it has come to be associated with prints produced to fine art papers.
Can you use normal ink on photo paper?
Specialist photo printers often use more inks than a general-purpose inkjet, to get the soft graduations of color you expect from a photographic image, but with clever mixing of their limited inks, any inkjet printer can produce a decent photographic print, at least up to A4 size.
How do I know if my printer ink is dye or pigment?
Dye ink uses colour substances that are dissolved in a liquid while pigment ink uses small colour particles that are held in a suspension. The water soluble dye can be seen as sugar that dissolves in water and the pigments as sand mixed in water.
Are all pigment inks archival?
Not all pigment inks resist fading! There seems to be a common view that as long as inks are pigment inks, they will be reasonably archival / resist fading reasonably well.
Is a pigment print a photograph?
Photographic prints made on inkjet printers that use pigment-based inks are commonly referred to as “pigment prints.”
How can you tell if ink is dye or pigment?
If the ink is in a clear bottle, you should be able to see through it (except for black) if it’s dye ink; you cannot see through pigment ink. In particular, yellow dye ink is clear and “orangy” in colour; yellow pigment ink is milky yellow in colour.
Can pigment ink print on glossy paper?
Dye-based inks produce their richest colours on glossy and lustre papers while pigment inks tend to work best on matte and fine art papers. Photo Black ink is normally used when printing on gloss and lustre media.