Alcohol inks are meant to be used on non-porous surfaces, so regular old paper is out. Not to worry; there are many other options available.
Paper machine Some inkjet papers are made from high quality deinked pulp or chemical pulps.
Quality inkjet paper requires good dimensional stability, no curling or cockling, and good surface strength.
For most purposes surface smoothness is required. Sufficient and even porosity is required to counteract spreading of the ink. For lower quality printing, uncoated copy paper suffices, but higher grades require coating.
The traditional coatings are not widely used for inkjet papers. For matte inkjet papers, it is common to use silica as pigment together with polyvinyl alcohol PVOH.
Glossy inkjet papers can be made by multicoating, resin coating, or cast coating on a lamination paper. A variety of fine art inkjet papers meet the needs of professional photographers and artists.
These papers share many characteristics with traditional watercolor, printmaking, and photographic papers. Fine art inkjet papers are designed to meet similar standards for longevity as traditional fine art papers: Fine art inkjet papers differ from traditional fine art papers, in that they include coatings engineered to Kodak metallic paper and hold ink.
Some descriptions and comparisons of fine art inkjet papers are hereherehereand here. Some fine art papers are mold madewhile others are machine madeand may vary considerably in surface texture. Many fine art papers are available in pre-cut sheets or in rolls.
Comparison to standard office paper[ edit ] Example cheap uncoated paper heavily soaked with ink, showing the back of the paper. The moisture-soaked fibers swell and revert to their original shape, showing the mesh belt webbing used in the paper manufacturing plant.
Standard office paper has traditionally been designed for use with typewriters and copy machines, where the paper usually does not get wet. With these papers, moisture tends to wick through the fibers and away from the point of contact.
For inkjet printing, this dulls edges of lines and graphic boundaries, and lessens pigment intensity. High-quality inkjet printing with dark, crisp lines requires that the paper have exactly the right absorbency to accept the ink but prevent sideways spread. However, this category of paper is only suitable for printing text, because the ink load is light.
Paper is manufactured by forming pulp fibers into a mat on an open mesh screen a deckleand then drying and pressing this mat into paper. Large areas of inkjet color, such as in graphics and photographs, soak the paper fibers with so much moisture that they swell and return to their original shape before pressing, resulting in a wavy buckling of the paper surface.
Double-sided inkjet printing is usually not possible with inexpensive low-weight copy paper because of bleed-through from one side to the other. These papers are also unsuitable for photographic work because standard office paper is usually not "white" enough.
This results in a poor color gamut and leads to "muddy" colors. For all types of paper, printer driver settings must be adjusted to suit the paper, so that the printer delivers the right amount of ink.
Inkjet photo paper[ edit ] Photo paper is inkjet paper specifically for printing photographs. It is a bright white due to bleaching or pigments such as titanium dioxideand has been coated with a highly absorbent material that limits diffusion of the ink.
Highly refined clay is a common coating to prevent ink spread. For printing monochrome photographs, traditional silver-based papers are widely felt[ by whom?
Photo paper is typically divided into glossysemi-matte, semi-gloss, satin or silk, and matte finishes. Paper thickness varies widely. Lighter weights are not much different from the general-purpose office papers described above, and can be used for all types of printing, though these are the least expensive and lowest-quality photo papers.
Photo papers for more critical work are thicker and have advanced coatings, sometimes with quick-drying properties. They can normally be printed only on the one specially coated side. A few papers are coated for double-sided printing.
Glossy photo paper, generally the most popular, has a shiny finish that gives photos a vivid look. It is generally smooth to the touch and has some glare.
Matte photo paper is less shiny, and produces superior text results.
Matte and glossy prints typically feel different to the touch, but when displayed under glass they often look similar. Papers with an imitation canvas texture emulate the look of oil paintings.
Photo papers are usually high-brightness, neutral white papers, but off-white papers are available. As in offset litho printing and traditional photographic printingglossy papers give the highest color density or Dmaxand therefore the widest color gamut.z: 4x5 Cut Sheet film Double Dark Slides: Linhof, 2 of, in VGC fully operational and ready to use sold as a pair: exc+: £ PHOTO.
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