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Influence of Media and Ink Characteristics on the Quality of Color Ink Jet Reproduction of Fine Art Pictures

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Printing reproduction of fine art pictures is always a demanding task. On the one hand, the first quality criteria are the extent of color gamut and the fidelity of the reproduction. On the other hand, the choice of the texture of the substrate adds authenticity to the printed result, but may reduce the color gamut.

In this study, four different fine art substrates were thoroughly characterized: optical properties (brightness, reflectance and gloss) and surface properties (roughness, surface energy, absorption characteristics and printability) were analyzed.

Print tests were conducted on ink-jet printers, with test-forms allowing the description of color gamut.

The objective quality criteria were the color gamut volume, the optical density on solid colors and the tone value increase. In addition, the quality of reproduction of grays and saturated colors was evaluated and the performance of ICC profiles were also measured on the printed samples.

Finally, a subjective analysis was conducted on these samples, which showed that the objective measurements are not necessarily sufficient to describe the whole reproduction.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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