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Choosing Between Dye and Pigment Ink

Choosing Between Dye and Pigment Ink

Posted by Admin on 20th Aug 2021

Aqueous (water-based) dye or pigment inks are utilized in the majority of inkjet printers used by photographers, designers, businesses, and homeowners. Dye-based inks use a fully dissolved colourant in a carrier liquid. Color comes from very fine solid particles contained in the carrier fluid in pigment ink. An excellent analogy is the difference between salt water and tomato juice.

Some inkjet printers utilize dye-based ink, while others use pigment-based ink, and a few, such as the well-known Primera label printers, offer both. Pigment ink uses colour components that are soluble in a liquid, whereas dye ink employs colour components that are suspended in a suspension. The water soluble dye is sugar that dissolves in water, and the pigments are sand mixed in water.

Dye-based inks provide a wider colour range, allowing for more vibrant and colourful patterns, but unless printed on special coated label material, they may fade when exposed to water. The print is water-resistant as long as it does not come into contact with anything disturbing.

Dye and pigment inks have approximately comparable initial print quality. The colour reproduction and vibrancy look to be identical. It's tough to tell the difference between dye and pigment ink when comparing quality without seeing them side by side. All inks, whether dye or pigment, fade over time. It is usually recommended to apply dye ink inside on things that will be consumed in less than a year. If dye inks are exposed to direct sunlight or bright interior lighting on a daily basis, they may fade quickly.

Afinia label printers are affordable and produce high-impact labels. Afinia label printers, which are fast and capable, are ideal for short and mid-size label print runs.

The Afinia L502 Color Printer is the next phase in our popular L501 label printer's progression. The durable design of the L502 colour label printer incorporates an all-steel industrial lid. It can produce brilliant and vivid prime labels and is water, abrasion, and UV resistant. It's commonly used to make labels in the steel sector. This is one of's most trusted label printers, and it's a popular choice for commercial use. The Primera LX900 Dye Cyan Ink Cartridge produces high-yielding labels for a variety of applications.

The most prevalent type of ink used in inkjet printers is dye-based ink. They're made up of completely dissolved and suspended liquid colourants. It's also utilised in the business world.