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The Difference In Inks

Dye Base Inks ( Best for home use )

If you do not need fade resistant prints then dye base ink is great. We recommend it for home use and some business use. It is designed for maximum brightness and color saturation. It will fade much faster than pigment inks. You might use dye inks to print portfolios, graphic design work, greeting cards, and some business materials. Dye base ink cost less.

 

Pigment Inks ( Best for business use and fabric )

Pigmented inks use small particles suspended in the base solution to provide the color. To keep the particles from settling they are coated with a polymer material to generate a static charge around the particle. This keeps the particles from clumping. The main advantage of pigmented inks is that once it sets up fully on the print media it is virtually water proof and less susceptible to bleeding and wicking on the paper fibers. Best used for office document and for printing on fabric. Down side is that it can not be used on all glossy paper and must be used a few times a week.

 

Sublimation Ink ( specialty ink not good for general printing )

Sublimation printing has been around for years. It is unique in its ability to convert from a solid to a gas without going through a liquid form. With a standard heat press machine it will produce premium full color photographic quality images that will not crack, peel or wash away from the substrate. Hard items such as ceramic, fiber board, metals. It does require a special coating on its surface to accept the sublimation inks.  Down side is this ink is not intended for general printing and can not be used on a thermal printer like HP or Canon printers.

 

Double Mid Night Black Ink

Used only for printing on positive film.