We’re starting a review on the chemistry of inks – more specifically on the different pigments that are commonly used and how these end up being an ink. The idea is to describe how the pigments are made and applied for them to become a printing ink, and what the manufacturing aspects are of this procedure.
Then when pigments are understood, we’ll do the same for the binders, oils and additives that are used by printers in their process of ink making.
Why do all that? As print oriented designers, ink is one of the more impacting materials used. While it is often the easiest to have your printer deal with all the finer aspects of ink selection and quality control, a designer needs to also understand the suitability and character of a color and ink. Having knowledge on the constitution and methods of manufacture of these materials helps to better guide your projects through the mazes of sustainable design.
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