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Effect of gloss and colorant mass on color

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Maintaining color consistency within print and from print-toprint is important for all the marking industry, whatever the marking technology. The fluctuation in color for a given colorant comes mainly from the variation in surface smoothness (image gloss) and pigment (or dye) mass per unit area (PMA). In this study, orange xerographic prints were used to understand the effect of these two factors on the measured color. Results of the print evaluation show that gloss and PMA affect the reflectance spectra in very different ways. Based on these measurements a simple model was developed to account their effects. The predicted colors calculated based on this model agreed well with the experimental data. The developed model is general and can be used to predict color fluctuations within a range of gloss and PMA values for other colors.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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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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