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Effects of Paper Manufacturing Factors on Inkjet Print Quality and Lightfastness

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Digital Imaging has introduced Color Printers as proofing device. On demand printing and Low volume Printing is generally supported by color digital printing method. Color Inkjet Printing is one of the digital color printing processes. Here the ink is in form of a liquid. The ink and substrate interaction determines the quality of print and the durability of the image.

In this paper, the PAPER properties and relationship with inkjet printability are studied. Inkjet Print Quality can be affected by modifying the paper characteristics, ink composition and the printer, and by improving the interactions between these variables. For light fastness properties, the interactions between the ink and the paper are the important factors. The experimental samples used in this study were produced on a pilot paper machine at three different levels of refining, filler, internal sizing and surface sizing.

The optical, surface and absorption properties of paper were analyzed. The samples were then printed with inkjet printer. The solid ink density (SID) and colorimetric analysis on printed samples were performed. Color gamuts and ICC profiles for each of the paper sample were compared. In addition, the accuracy of printer color profile was investigated. The results of the profile accuracy measurements were expressed in terms of CIE La*b* coordinates and Root Mean Square (RMS) ΔE. Results of accelerated light fastness tests for the selected paper samples were interpreted in terms of change of profile and color gamut. The results show that inkjet printability and image permanence are greatly influenced by paper properties.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-01-01

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