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Photo Ink vs. Regular Ink

There are several types of inks and ink formulations when it comes to printing, but they all have the same general purpose; to deliver an image onto a piece of media passing through the printer. However, some ink cartridges will deliver superior results when printing text and others will yield better results when producing images and photographs. The differing results are caused by the variation of elements found in the ink mixtures. An ink cartridge contains a basic mixture of water, glycol (a carrying liquid), and dyes or pigments and are intended to be jetted or sprayed onto paper or media, eventually creating an image.

Differences

The main difference between photo inkjets and regular inkjets is the ability of photo ink formulations to provide lighter tones of each color, commonly being cyan, magenta, and black. A regular cartridge will dispense wider set ink droplets to give image colors a lighter look. However, this makes lighter colored printouts look grainy and even multi-colored when inspected closely. This is because regular ink mixtures can only dispatch color so lightly, being intended for brighter execution to give printouts more vibrancy.

Photograph inks, on the other hand, will produce much lighter tones, perfect for shading and coloring elements such as faces and skin tones that have light colors. Since these mixtures produce lighter color, the ink is not as widely dispersed and results in smoother printouts that can capture high levels of detail. Many photograph ink compositions also avoid pigmented colorants since they do not sit as well on coated media such as photo glossy paper.  Ink formulations vary greatly depending on the machine being used, the frequency of ink being ejected, and depending on the type of printing the machine is intended for.

Ink Types

There are three basic ink compositions, that mostly all inks can be categorized into including Dye-Based Inks, Pigment-Based Inks, and Hybrid Inks. Dye-Based inks are composed of colorants dissolved in a liquid, such as water or glycol and have the most vivid and rich finishing results. Dye-Based inks also have a wide color gamut, providing colors unreachable by other mixtures and are compatible with a wide range of photograph papers. Unfortunately these ink mixtures do not last long and fade easily with light and become runny when moisture is added. In general, a dye-based ink formulation printout will last between 5 and 25 years depending on the surrounding environment.

Pigment-Based inks on the other hand, contain insoluble powder pigments that are suspended in the ink composition and do not dissolve into the solution like dye-based inks. These pigments are coated in a resin-like mixture making them much more stable and giving them resistances to fading or light. A pigment-based printout can last anywhere from 75 years to 150 years depending on how and where the printout was stored and displayed.  However, pigment-based inks do not soak into media as readily and have a tougher time adhering to coated paper.

Hybrid inks are a mixture of dye-based inks and pigment-based inks, and are sometimes referred to as pigmented inks. Combining the longevity of pigment-based inks with vibrancy of dye-based inks, Hybrid inks can be used for a number of applications and often offer superior printing results. Hybrid inks are known as pigmented inks since they use dye-based colorants and pigmented particles together, modifying the benefits and weaknesses of each type. Pigmented inks will have a wider color gamut than pigment-based inks but will not last as long. Pigmented inks (or Hybrid inks) can last up to 75 years when kept in an archival environment, such as being behind glass in a picture frame.

Similarities

Most inkjet printers and ink cartridges also contain conductive elements to help shepherd or guide the ink to the page, usually reducing the size of the droplet in the process, for higher resolution printouts with sharper definition. Both photo and regular ink cartridges can be found with these assisting elements. The most common element that helps to shape and delivery ink is the Piezoelectric crystals. When a small electrical current passes through a Piezo crystal, the element will rapidly change shape forcing the ink out of the printer nozzles. The reaction shapes and can reduce the ink droplet size while forcing the mixture out of the cartridge and onto the paper.

Ink cartridges have differing elements depending on the type of printout being created, which will enhance a project and the overall quality when using the right selection of inks. For example, when printing text documents, a matte black ink cartridge formulation such as the Epson T054820, will yield the best results since the ink has a softer look, making the text easier to read for long periods of time. Using a photo black ink cartridge on text document printing will result in overly shiny characters or grayish texts that do not read as well. 

Canon PIXMA-MP830 Review from Inkgrabber.com

Canon PIXMA-MP830 Printer

Canon PIXMA-MP830 Printer

The Canon PIXMA MP530 is an ideal all-in-one printer for the home office or small business.  The printer allows you to print, copy, fax, and scan projects with clarity and quality.  It has exceptional toner quality and “FINE” technology to produce stunning 9600 x 2400 color dpi. And with the Automatic Document Feeder holding up to 35 pages, scanning and copying multiple pages becomes effortless. Additionally this printer can print and hold 250 incoming pages.

This compact all-in-one printer is a stylish fit to any desktop and can handle all your printing requirements.  The printer has impressive 2400 dpi color scanning with vibrant 48-bit color depth for a smoother look, perfect for keeping resumes at a professional level. The PIXMA MP530 also uses high-intensity ChromaLife 100 color inks for vivid, authentic, quality photos and graphics.  Additionally, the special pigment black ink delivers laser precision to your documents and photos. The black ink is also highly resistant to smudging, allowing you to handle to documents right after printing.

To help lower operating costs, cheap ink is available in remanufactured inkjet cartridges.  The Compatible Canon Ink Cartridges 12 combo pack is the best value being offered with 4 black PGI-5BK cartridges and 2 CLI-8BK cartridges, 2 CLI-8C, 2 CLI-8M, and 2 CLI-8Y cartridges.  Also a great deal is the Compatible Canon Ink cartridges 6 combo pack with 2 black PGI-5BK cartridges and a CLI-8BK, CLI-8M, CLI-8C, and CLI-8Y cartridge.  For individual purchase you can get the Compatible Canon PG-5BK (black), the Compatible Canon PG-8BK (black), the Compatible Canon PG-8M (magenta), the Compatible Canon PG-8C (cyan), the Compatible Canon PG-8Y (yellow).  Also offered are the Genuine Canon CLI-5BK black pigment ink cartridge, the Genuine Canon CLI-8BK (black) ink cartridges, the Genuine Canon CLI-8M (magenta) ink cartridge, the Genuine Canon CLI-8C (Cyan) ink cartridge, and the Genuine Canon CLI-8Y (yellow) ink cartridge. And to achieve to professional look for photos use 4 x 6 photo glossy Inkjet Paper, which is also water resistant.

Canon PIXMA-MP610 Review from Inkgrabber.com

Canon PIXMA-MP610 Printer

Canon PIXMA-MP610 Printer

The Canon PIXMA-MP610 Photo all-in-one printer is a powerhouse amongst home printers, prefect for the photographing connoisseur.  Having “FINE” technology and a next-generation 4,608-print head that ejects the smallest most precise ink droplets in 9600 x 2400 maximum color dpi, giving your photos and graphics a professional smooth look.  Having a large 2.5 inch HD color TFT display makes editing and enhancing images easy.  Perhaps the absolute best feature of the printer is having an auto-duplexing machine enabling you to easily print double sided pages.

The PIXMA MP610 also uses high-intensity ChromaLife 100 color inks for vivid, authentic, quality photos and graphics.  It uses 5 individual ink cartridges to ensure quality printing and copying.  Additionally, the special pigment black ink delivers laser precision to your documents and photos. The black ink is also highly resistant to smudging, allowing you to handle to documents right after printing. This device can even print from your Apple® or Android™ mobile device with a downloadable app.

To help lower operating costs, cheap ink is available in remanufactured inkjet cartridges.  The Compatible Canon Ink Cartridges 12 combo pack is the best value being offered with 4 black PGI-5BK cartridges and 2 PGI-8BK cartridges, 2 CLI-8C, 2 CLI-8M, and 2 CLI-8Y cartridges.  Also a great deal is the Compatible Canon Ink cartridges 6 combo pack with 2 black PGI-5BK cartridges and a PGI-8BK, CLI-8M, CLI-8C, and CLI-8Y cartridge.  For individual purchase you can get the Compatible Canon PGI-5BK (black), the Compatible Canon PGI-8BK (black), the Compatible Canon CLI-8M (magenta), the Compatible Canon CLI-8C (cyan), the Compatible Canon CLI-8Y (yellow).  Also offered are the Genuine Canon PGI-5BK black pigment ink cartridge, the Genuine Canon CLI-8BK (black) ink cartridges, the Genuine Canon CLI-8M (magenta) ink cartridge, the Genuine Canon CLI-8C (Cyan) ink cartridge, and the Genuine Canon CLI-8Y (yellow) ink cartridge. And to achieve to professional look for photos use 4 x 6 photo glossy Inkjet Paper, which is also water resistant.

Canon PIXMA-MP600 Review from Inkgrabber.com

Canon PIXMA-MP600 Printer

Canon PIXMA-MP600 Printer

The stylish PIXMA MP600 Photo all-in-one Inkjet printer is a high quality machine, ideal for the home user. The printer allows you to create amazing quality photographs with 4800 x 1200 color dpi and Canon’s Hybrid inkjet system.  The printer is easy to set up and extremely user friendly.  Having exceptional 3,584 precision nozzles ejects laser toner in crisp efficient prints, photos, and graphics for a professional, authentic quality. 

The printer also excels at scanning and copying items using Dual Color Gamut Processing Technology for copies and scans with up to 2400 x 4800 dpi and vibrant 48-bit color depth.  The Canon PIXMA-MP600 also includes a flip-up 2.5 inch HD color TFT display located on the front control panel perfect for viewing and editing images before they print. The PIXMA MP600 also uses high-intensity ChromaLife 100 color inks for vivid, authentic, Full HD movie quality photos and graphics.  This machine is also duplex ready, enabling you to print double sided pages. 

To help lower operating costs, cheap ink is available in remanufactured inkjet cartridges.  The Compatible Canon Ink Cartridges 12 combo pack is the best value being offered with 4 black PGI-5BK cartridges and 2 CLI-8BK cartridges, 2 CLI-8C, 2 CLI-8M, and 2 CLI-8Y cartridges.  Also a great deal is the Compatible Canon Ink cartridges 6 combo pack with 2 black PGI-5BK cartridges and a CLI-8BK, CLI-8M, CLI-8C, and CLI-8Y cartridge.  For individual purchase you can get the Compatible Canon PG-5BK (black), the Compatible Canon PG-8BK (black), the Compatible Canon PG-8M (magenta), the Compatible Canon PG-8C (cyan), the Compatible Canon PG-8Y (yellow).  Also offered are the Genuine Canon CLI-5BK black pigment ink cartridge, the Genuine Canon CLI-8BK (black) ink cartridges, the Genuine Canon CLI-8M (magenta) ink cartridge, the Genuine Canon CLI-8C (Cyan) ink cartridge, and the Genuine Canon CLI-8Y (yellow) ink cartridge. And to achieve to professional look for photos use 4 x 6 photo glossy Inkjet Paper, which is also water resistant.

Canon PIXMA-MP530 Review from Inkgrabber.com

Canon PIXMA-MP530 Printer

Canon PIXMA-MP530 Printer

The Canon PIXMA MP530 is an ideal all-in-one printer for the home office or small business.  The printer allows you to print, copy, fax, and scan projects with clarity and quality.  It has exceptional toner quality and “FINE” technology to produce stunning 9600 x 2400 color dpi. And with the Automatic Document Feeder holding up to 30 pages, scanning and copying multiple pages becomes effortless. 

This compact all-in-one printer is a stylish fit to any desktop and can handle all your printing requirements.  The printer has impressive 1200 dpi color scanning with vibrant 48-bit color depth for a smoother look. The PIXMA MP530 also uses high-intensity ChromaLife 100 color inks for vivid, authentic, quality photos and graphics.  Additionally, the special pigment black ink delivers laser precision to your documents and photos. The black ink is also highly resistant to smudging, allowing you to handle to documents right after printing.

To help lower operating costs, cheap ink is available in remanufactured inkjet cartridges.  The Compatible Canon Ink Cartridges 12 combo pack is the best value being offered with 4 black PGI-5BK cartridges and 2 CLI-8BK cartridges, 2 CLI-8C, 2 CLI-8M, and 2 CLI-8Y cartridges.  Also a great deal is the Compatible Canon Ink cartridges 6 combo pack with 2 black PGI-5BK cartridges and a CLI-8BK, CLI-8M, CLI-8C, and CLI-8Y cartridge.  For individual purchase you can get the Compatible Canon PG-5BK (black), the Compatible Canon PG-8BK (black), the Compatible Canon PG-8M (magenta), the Compatible Canon PG-8C (cyan), the Compatible Canon PG-8Y (yellow).  Also offered are the Genuine Canon CLI-5BK black pigment ink cartridge, the Genuine Canon CLI-8BK (black) ink cartridges, the Genuine Canon CLI-8M (magenta) ink cartridge, the Genuine Canon CLI-8C (Cyan) ink cartridge, and the Genuine Canon CLI-8Y (yellow) ink cartridge. And to achieve to professional look for photos use 4 x 6 photo glossy Inkjet Paper, which is also water resistant.

Canon PIXMA-IP6600D Review from Inkgrabber.com

Canon PIXMA iP6600D Printer

Canon PIXMA iP6600D Printer

The Canon PIXMA iP 6600D is a powerhouse amongst home printers, prefect for the photographing connoisseur.  Having “FINE” technology and a next-generation 3,072-print head that ejects the smallest most precise ink droplets in 9600 x 2400 maximum color dpi, giving your photos and graphics a professional smooth look.  Having a large 3.5 inch widescreen color LCD display makes editing and enhancing images easy.  Perhaps the absolute best feature of the printer is having an auto-duplexing machine enabling you to easily print double sided pages.

The PIXMA iP 6600D also uses high-intensity ChromaLife 100 color inks for vivid, authentic, quality photos and graphics.  Additionally, the special pigment black ink delivers laser precision to your documents and photos. The black ink is also highly resistant to smudging, allowing you to handle to documents right after printing. The printer also has LED ink lights to indicate when the printer is running low on ink.  This device can even print from your Apple® or Android™ mobile device with a downloadable app. 

To help lower operating costs, cheap ink is available in compatible inkjet cartridges.  For individual purchase you can get the Compatible Canon CLI 8BK (black), CLI 8C (Cyan), CLI 8M (magenta), and the CLI 8Y (yellow) Inkjet cartridge. To enhance color and to bring images to life you can also get the Compatible Canon CLI 8PC (Cyan) photo ink cartridge and the Compatible Canon CLI 8PM (magenta) photo ink cartridge.  The original cartridges are also available for individual sale.  The Genuine Canon CLI 8 series cartridges come in the same colors and they also offer the CLI 8PC (cyan) and CLI 8PM (magenta) photo ink cartridges.  And to achieve to professional look for photos use 4 x 6 photo glossy Inkjet Paper, which is also water resistant.


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