The dye is fixed to the surface of the paper,
resulting in deeper blacks and
a clearer overall photographic finish.

Blacker blacks

A deep, rich black is a black that looks truly black to the eye, not grayish or bluish.

Rich, deep blacks are not only important for reproducing deep-black areas of photos. They also contribute to the overall density, contrast and clarity of the photo. Light, grayish blacks weaken the photo's impact, making it ordinary and unimpressive.

With Photo Paper Plus Glossy II PP-201, the dye is fixed closer to the surface of the paper, ensuring rich, deep blacks in printed photos.

Photos are beautifully reproduced
because the dye is fixed close to the surface of the paper.

The ink-receiving layer accepts the dyes in the ink and places them on the surface of the paper. If this layer is too thick, the dyes are scattered too sparsely, reducing color density and producing washed-out, dull colors. If it is too thin, the water in the ink can overflow the paper's surface, causing beading and bleeding.

The newly added color-reproduction layer fixes the dye to the paper's surface.

Photo Paper Plus Glossy II PP-201 solves this dilemma using innovative inkjet coating technology. Using this technology, the ink-receiving layer is split into two layers, a color-reproduction layer on which the dye is fixed and an absorbing layer that soaks up the excess water solvent.

This layered structure enables the dye to be fixed closer to the surface of the paper, improving the density of the black ink compared with Photo Paper Plus Glossy PP-101. This novel technology achieves rich, deep blacks and bright, vivid photographic results. At the same time, the absorbing layer quickly mops up excess water solvent, for crisp, sharp image quality.

Comparison of dye-fixing position and optical density in Photo Paper Plus Glossy II PP-201 and Photo Paper Plus Glossy PP-201 (both using PIXMA MP970/MP610)

Photo Paper Plus Glossy II PP-201   Photo Paper Plus Glossy PP-101
The dye in the ink is fixed in the color-reproduction layer, providing rich, dense colors. The dye in the ink sinks deep into the paper and scatters, so density is poor.
Compared with "100% density" for Photo Paper Plus Glossy PP-101
105%
100%