• August 17, 2012

Thinking Ink

  • Written by Printing Professional

Ink has been in existence since ancient times, and its composition hasn’t changed much. In its simplest form, ink is a color suspended in a solvent. When the solvent evaporates, the color is left behind. Today’s inks are rarely simple, however. A variety additives are used to affect the thickness, drying time, permanence, appearance when dry, and other factors.

The color element of ink can be either a pigment or a dye. Pigments are are tiny, opaque bits of color suspended in a liquid. The pigment sits atop the paper or other printing material and binds with it, like paint on a wall. Pigment inks tend to be more expensive but are more commonly used because the color is more durable than with dye-based inks.

Dyes are colors that have an attraction to the printing material and want to combine with it, like dye coloring a piece of fabric or thread. Dye is dissolved in a liquid for application, and this liquid soaks into the printing material. This can make it a less desirable ink due to bleeding and blurring. To avoid this, the solvent used may dry quickly, or the drying speed is increased by air circulation or heat.

Regardless of the type of ink used, Accent Printing Solutions provides quality printing services. Let us provide complete print solutions for all your printing needs.