Pigment Inks vs Dye Inks

Wholesale Artist Giclée works with Canon’s 12-Colour Lucia Ex Ink Set.

What makes the LUCIA EX inks so important? First of all, LUCIA EX inks are pigments not dyes. Here’s the difference:

  • Pigment inks are made of microscopic solid particles that are suspended in a liquid. These encapsulated particles actually bond to the surface of a paper or substrate.
  • Dye inks are water soluble. Dye ink is simply absorbed into the fibers of the paper. Because of the aqueous nature of dye inks, they will bleed if the printed paper becomes wet.

There are many advantages to using pigment inks over dyes. Pigments are much more water resistant. Also, pigment inks will not fade like dye inks will ensuring archival quality.

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April Tracey

April Tracey has over 30 years experience in the fine arts industries encompassing retail, wholesale, manufacturing, import & export plus the educational sector. At the age of 24 years, April opened her first multi faceted business; an art & graphic supply store, art school and gallery. An artist’s acrylic paint manufacturing company developed next followed by a high design sculpture company and high end boutiques. April Tracey BFA Printmaking has always considered herself to be an artist first and foremost.

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