Color repeatability in inkjet printing

Yiqi Yang, Vamshi Naarani, Vigneshwar Thillainayagam

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Unlike traditional printing, inkjet printing distributes thickeners and other auxiliaries evenly throughout the fabric and dries the fabric before printing, then uses inks with very low viscosity. Because of these and other differences, the color repeatability of inkjet printed fabrics is poor. A ΔE*ab larger than 5 is commonly observed between the same fabrics with the same treatment and inks, and from the same printer. To control color variations in inkjet printing, the effects of steaming and printhouse conditions on color repeatability have been studied. Parameters investigated include steaming time and temperature, wrapping paper, the position of fabrics in the steamer, and the printhouse humidity and temperature. Possible approaches for minimizing shade variations in inkjet printing are recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationAATCC Review
StatePublished - Jan 2007


  • Color repeatability
  • Conditioning
  • Inkjet printing
  • Steaming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)


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