Inkjet in question: Adapting current colour and ink technology for the requirements of the user
Parraman, C. (2007) Inkjet in question: Adapting current colour and ink technology for the requirements of the user. In: Gjøvik Color Imaging Symposium 2007, Gjøvik, Norway, 13 - 15 June 2007.
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This paper is an overview on the current application of inkjet and it’s, as to yet considered unfulfilled potential, which as a technology, is as revolutionary as Caxton’s printing press; and a presentation of an approach to develop inkjet from the perspective of the user. The paper considers the impact of technology on the user, and vice versa, responses to how inkjet technology is being adapted. It highlights recent developments in pigmented inks and the introduction of new colours by the three major inkjet companies: Canon, Epson and HP. However the introduction of new colours might fulfil objectives to expand the printed colour gamut that is based on a photographic colour reproduction requirement, but does not address how the technology can be thoroughly developed as an entirely novel colour printing system. Inkjet is in a transitional phase from classic image reproduction towards ‘creativity’. The presentation discusses the implications of the need to change methods in mixing inks that moves away from existing colour spaces, non intuitive colour mixing to bespoke inks sets, colour mixing approaches and colour management methods that are not reliant on RGB or CMYK.