Ink Receptive Coatings

16th September 2015 Papers & Presentation


Coatings are applied to inkjet papers to make them more receptive to high ink loads - without them, the ink would bleed and sharp results and highly saturated colours would not be possible. Coatings also play a big role in the longevity of a print. Better coatings offer more resistance to the common things that cause fading - notably gas fading and fading due to ultra-violet light.

Most modern inkjet coatings are of the micro-porous type, sometimes referred to as nano-porous. These coatings have small, invisible holes in them, into which the ink falls. Generally, if a paper is 'instant-dry' it has a micro-porous coating. Micro-porous coatings are more susceptible to gas (ozone) fading, as the gas more easily comes into contact with the actual inks. However many modern coatings have overcome this problem.

Another type of inkjet coatings are swellable coatings. Here, the coating swells around the ink once the ink is laid down on the paper. In general, this approach offers better resistance to gas fading in particular. However these coatings do not work with pigment inks. But for dye based printers, these papers can have a very significant effect on print longevity, with some tests indicating that the life span of a print on swellable papers can be triple that of prints on micro-porous papers, rivaling those of pigment ink prints.All papers that we use and sell have a micro-porous coating.

Museo Portfolio Rag 300gsm
This is our favourite paper of all time! Gorgeous matte rag surface and the best blacks in the business!
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Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm
Our favourite warmtone fine art paper - with rich & velvety tones. It's also highly eco-friendly making it pretty much perfect in our book!
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Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag 310gsm
One of our personal all time favourite semi-gloss papers. Highly recommended for both vibrant colour images and contrasty black and whites!
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Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Gloss 310gsm
A beautiful 100% cotton paper similar to the old fibre based darkroom papers with a gentle warm tone.
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