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Fine Art Papers for Ink Jet Printing

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Fine art papers for ink jet printing fall into two main categories: Uncoated papers and ink jet receptive coated papers.

The coating layer(s) greatly determines the ink jet paper's ability to accept ink jet printer inks and hold the deposited (printed) water-based ink within the coating layer. How successful the coating is in maintaining the shape and density of each deposited ink droplet, without migration within the coating determines the quality of the printed image.

However, the composition of the paper base helps to determine the longevity of the printed image and the integrity of the paper, both under display conditions and in dark storage. The benefits of acid-free fibers, lignin-free fibers and buffers are discussed, as well as potential problems with optical brightening agents.

The coating and paper base must be balanced with the aesthetics of the paper, i.e. texture, thickness, weight, brightness and the tactile nature of the paper's printing surface. A list of some of the current coated fine art inkjet papers is compared for their base composition.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2004-01-01

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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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