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Improved Print quality by Surface fixation of Pigments

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Inkjet printing is a non impact printing method that deposits a limited amount of ink onto the paper surface. To improve runnabillity and printability the demands on papers ability to rapidly absorb the fluid and make the colorants stay on the surface increase. These demands get more pronounced as the technology develops and the print speed significantly increases.

The quality of a printed image is strongly influenced by the physical and the chemical interactions between the ink and the paper. Some print quality parameters can be measured objectively by physical measurements using instruments. Subjective print quality evaluation involves human judgments of the final print.

In this article, the print quality on commercial papers as well as on trial papers with different amounts of salt for surface fixation has been studied. The printouts have been made with a desktop printer that uses pigmented inks. The print quality measurements have been both objective measurements such as print density and line quality and subjective image evaluation using a test panel in a perceptual study. The perceptual study focused on detail reproduction, and efforts were made to separate the influence of the print density from the edge definition on the detail reproduction. The study confirms the influence of ink and paper interaction on print quality and the relation to different levels of surface fixation.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-01-01

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