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Inkjet Prints: Pigment- vs. Dye-Based Inks

Most desktop inkjet printers use either dye-based or pigment-based inks. What's the difference?

Dye-based inks consist of a dye or colorant that is dissolved in a liquid solution. The ink is absorbed into the material on which you are printing. In general, dye-based inks are less expensive and produce more vibrant colors than pigment-based inks. However, they are water soluble, which means they will smudge when exposed to water. They are also prone to fading when exposed to sunlight. Therefore, dye-based inks are not ideal for durable uses.

Pigment-based inks consist of a dry, powdery substance that is suspended in a liquid. The pigment ink sits mostly on top of the material on which you are printing. In general, pigment-based inks are less vibrant than dye-based inks but are more durable. It isn’t necessarily water soluble, which means it typically will not smudge when exposed to water. It is also resistant to fading when exposed to sunlight. Therefore, pigment-based inks are good for durable or long-lasting applications.

The durability of pigment-based inks also depends on the material or substrate on which you will be printing. For example, using Avery UltraDuty GHS Chemical Labels (for inkjet printers) results in extremely durable labels that are waterproof and very resistant to a wide variety of chemicals including harsh chemicals such as Acetone, MEK and Toluene. These labels are also resistant to UV fading and abrasion. UltraDuty GHS Chemical Labels pass the BS5609 Sec. 3 certification for print durability on a variety of inkjet printers. For more information on BS5609 and certified printers, click here.

You will find that many home-based inkjet printers use dye-based inks, while many office-grade inkjet printers use pigment-based inks.

For a list of pigment-based inkjet printers, see the table below. This list may not include all pigment-based inkjet printers. Please check with your manufacturer.

Brand Model Ink BS5609 Sec. 3 Certified with UltraDuty GHS Labels for Inkjet Printers
Epson All WorkForce Pro Printers All WorkForce Pro Series Printers use Pigment Inks  
Epson WorkForce WF-2650 T220120, T220220, T220320, T220420, T220XL120, T220XL220, T220XL320, T220XL420  
Epson WorkForce WF-2630 T220120, T220220, T220320, T220420, T220XL120, T220XL220, T220XL320, T220XL420  
Epson WorkForce WF-2660 T220120, T220220, T220320, T220420, T220XL120, T220XL220, T220XL320, T220XL420  
Epson WorkForce WF-2520 200, 200XL  
Epson WorkForce WF-2530 200, 200XL  
Epson WorkForce WF-2540 200, 200XL  
Epson WorkForce WF-3620 252, 252XL  
Epson WorkForce WF-3640 252, 252XL  
Epson WorkForce WF-7110 252, 252XL  
Epson WorkForce WF-7610 252, 252XL  
Epson WorkForce WF-7620 252, 252XL  
Epson WorkForce WF-610 69, 68  X
Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4520 676XL, 711XXL  X
Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4533 676XL, 711XXL  X
Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4590 676XL, 711XXL  X
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5190 786, 786XL, 786XXL  X
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5110 786, 786XL, 786XXL  X
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620 786, 786XL, 786XXL  X
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620 786, 786XL, 786XXL  X
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5690 786, 786XL, 786XXL  X
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 786, 786XL, 786XXL  X
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4640 786, 786XL, 786XXL  X
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R5190 R14X, R12X, R12  
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R5690 R14X, R12X, R12  
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-6090 748, 748XL, 748XXL  
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-6530 748, 748XL  
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-6590 748, 748XL, 748XXL  
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-8090 748, 748XL, 748XXL  
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-8590 748, 748XL, 748XXL  
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R4640 EcoTank™ R12, R12X  
Epson Expression Home XP-320 220, 220XL  
Epson Expression Home XP-420 220, 220XL  
Epson Expression Home XP424 220, 220XL  
Epson Expression Home XP-200 200, 200XL  
Epson Expression Home XP-300 200, 200XL  
Epson Expression Home XP-310 200, 200XL  
Epson Expression Home XP-400 200, 200XL  
Epson Expression Home XP-410 200, 200XL  
Epson Expression XP320 T220120, T220220, T220320, T220420, T220XL120, T220XL220, T220XL320, T220XL420  
Epson Expression XP420 T220120, T220220, T220320, T220420, T220XL120, T220XL220, T220XL320, T220XL420  
Epson Expression XP 424 T220120, T220220, T220320, T220420, T220XL120, T220XL220, T220XL320, T220XL420  
Epson SureColor P400 324 Series Ink  
Epson SureColor P600 T760 Series Ink  
Epson SureColor P800 T850 Series Ink  
Epson Stylus Photo R2000 159 Series Ink  
Epson Stylus Photo R3000 157 Series Ink  
Epson All C Series Printers All C Series Printers use Pigment Inks  
Epson All Artisan Series Printers All Artisan Series Printers use Pigment Inks  
HP OfficeJet 6100 932, 933  
HP OfficeJet 6600 932, 933  
HP OfficeJet 6700 932, 933  
HP OfficeJet 7110 932, 933  
HP OfficeJet 7610 932, 933  
HP OfficeJet Pro 6830 K - 934, 934XL, CMY - 935, 935XL  
HP OfficeJet Pro 6230 K - 934, 934XL, CMY - 935, 935XL  
HP OfficeJet Pro 8610 K - 950, 950XL, CMY - 951, 951XL X
HP OfficeJet Pro 8100 K - 950, 950XL, CMY - 951, 951XL X
HP OfficeJet Pro 8600 K - 950, 950XL, CMY - 951, 951XL X
HP OfficeJet Pro 8620 K - 950, 950XL, CMY - 951, 951XL X
HP OfficeJet Pro 8630 K - 950, 950XL, CMY - 951, 951XL X
HP OfficeJet Pro 251dw K - 950, 950XL, CMY - 951, 951XL X
HP OfficeJet Pro 276dw K - 950, 950XL, CMY - 951, 951XL X
HP OfficeJet Pro X476 K - 970, 970XL, CMY - 971, 971XL X
HP OfficeJet Pro X451 K - 970, 970XL, CMY - 971, 971XL X
HP OfficeJet Pro X551 K - 970, 970XL, CMY - 971, 971XL X
HP OfficeJet Pro X576 K - 970, 970XL, CMY - 971, 971XL X
HP OfficeJet Pro 8000 940, 940XL X
HP OfficeJet Pro 8500 940, 940XL X
HP PageWide Pro 452 972A, 972X  
HP PageWide Pro 477 972A, 972X  
HP PageWide Pro 552 972A, 972X, 976Y  
HP PageWide Pro 557 972A, 972X, 976Y  
Canon Maxify iB4020 PGI-2200, PGI-2200XL  
Canon Maxify MB5020 PGI-2200, PGI-2200XL X
Canon Maxify MP5320 PGI-2200, PGI-2200XL X
Canon Maxify IB4020 PGI-2200, PGI-2200XL X
Canon Maxify MB2020 PGI-1200, PGI-1200XL  
Canon Maxify MB2320 PGI-1200, PGI-1200XL  
Canon PIXMA PRO-10 PGI-72  
Kodak Hero 5.1 30B, 30C  
Kodak Hero 9.1 10B, 10C