Thursday, January 25, 2007
Think Ink: Buyer's Guide To Inkjet Inks
Often overlooked, printer inks are a key component of the digital darkroom
Lyson has five different photographic ink lines that are compatible with Epson and Canon printers, and comparable in longevity to Epson inks. Its Fotonic ink line was created to match the color gamut of traditional photographic prints. Another product for black-and-white printing is Lyson's Quad Black Inks. These inks come in three different tones to better accommodate the style of your image.
A variety of inexpensive pigment-based ink choices are available from Media Street: Enhanced Generations, Generations Elite, Generations G-Chrome, Generations ProPhoto and Plug-N-Play inkjet ink replacement cartridges. All of them come in individual cartridges or bulk bottles and are made to fit each printer type.
InkjetMall has several archival ink sets that are compatible with Epson printers. Its newest ink set is Piezography Neutral K7, a pure pigment neutral ink set offering increased fidelity for fine-art black-and-white printing. Another option is PiezoTone inks, which are pigment inks designed for maximum longevity and monochromatic color stability. PiezoTones are available in Warm Neutral, Selenium Tone, Carbon Sepia and Cool Neutral gray sets. For the budget-minded, InkjetMall's inexpensive dye-based color inks, called DarnGoodInks, are replacement ink cartridges for brand-name inks, such as Epson's UltraChrome. While InkjetMall makes no claims that these inks are long-lasting or superior in quality to standard inks, they offer a cost savings of up to 80%.
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