How is Ink Created?

Ink powers so much of what we see and read. From newspapers and magazines, novels and brochures, posters and even works of art, it’s always around us. In fact, there’s a good chance that you may have spotted hundreds of content pieces that were printed with ink today alone. Ink has been a cornerstone of printing techniques for countless years and continues to play an integral role in the way that the world operates. With so much saturation, it’s no wonder that we may forget its usefulness and even take it for granted at times. One thing that we should appreciate, however, is the process involved in making it. Read on below to find out how this important commodity is made and ends on the very pages that you read on a daily basis. 

Let’s start with the basics.

How is Ink Created?

How is Ink Created?

What exactly is ink?

Ink is a coloured liquid or paste that is used to print on a variety of surfaces. Throughout history, it has been made using many different materials and used for unique purposes. In ancient Egypt, ink was created using soot bound together with gums to form a paste. Colour was added using plants and animal products and then mixed together with water to leave a liquid that was suitable for printing. The Chinese used a similar method of combining coloured earth, soot and plants. The first moveable printing press from Europe used ink that was made from soot and linseed oil or varnish.  

How is it made?

Ink is made using two key ingredients, dye and a selected pigment. During the manufacturing process, the dye is set to dissolve in the ink and the pigment is ground up before it is combined. This makes sure that everything goes into the mixture consistently and doesn’t separate. It also ensures that no pockets of colour form underneath.

Water is usually added to help create the final product. In some cases, alcohol or linseed oil will also be used, along with certain chemical ingredients that are required for printing on certain surfaces. Today, inks are specially created for printing on specific materials. Depending on the type of surface, be it paper, metal, wood, steel or anything else, you will need a certain type of product. The printing method also needs to be taken into account.

To ensure a smooth, liquid consistency is created, all of the ingredients that are used to create ink are put into a heated vessel. This helps to properly disperse what is contained inside. A filter may be used in some cases to strain the ink and remove any sediments that can be left by the ingredients, which can potentially impact the quality of printing that is carried out later on during printing. 

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