Paper and Ink: A Brief Explanation of their Interaction

Ok, maybe you haven’t wondered this, but there is an interesting science to the way paper and ink work together.  We have a condensed version for you.

Here it is….

Dye-based ink actually soaks into the cellulose fibers, giving a far richer color. The trade-off is that absolute sharpness in not achievable.

Pigment-based ink behaves completely differently. The ink is projected at the paper, the carrier body then evaporates, and the pigment adheres to the paper fiber. This results in a clear image, but the color doesn’t have the saturation of dye-based ink.

Note: If you have any problems with the ink not drying, or soaking through the paper, change to a different type of paper.

Now you know!

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