Alchemy’s Digital Image Print System (DIPS) consists
of a reservoir of special
resistant inks situated outside of the inkjet printer. The ink is
siphoned from the reservoir through micro-tubing into specially
modified cartridges within the printer.
system is designed to work with most recent Epson Photo
inkjet printers, although systems for other manufacturer’s
are in development and will be announced soon.
cost savings associated with DIPS are spectacular. At 135ml
per colour, Image Alchemy’s DIPS contains ten
much as the Epson’s cartridges that have approximately 13.5
usable ink. For example, to get an equivalent amount
of ink as Image Alchemy’s DIPS for the Epson 2100
you would have to buy ten sets of cartridges, costing approximately
£900 – our professional specification DIPS costs a
fraction of that.
using Image Alchemy’s DIPS with 135 ml refills
works out at 450% cheaper than buying the equivalent amount of usable
ink in OEM cartridges.
All Image Alchemy DIPS are installed in a
precision-made and drip-proof aesthetically designed acrylic case
which will contain any spillage of ink.
quality of Image Alchemy’s DIPS is of a very high
standard and has been produced with the assistance of the University
of Manchester’s Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).
Image Alchemy’s DIPS come pre-filled with ink and
installed and be up and running in minutes. There is no need for
messy, time consuming pumping and clamping of tubes – simply
the cartridges in; attach the support arm and print!
Alchemy’s rapidly drying Tempus archival dye inks
have a wider
colour gamut, are extremely glossy, less prone to surface
abrasion and do not suffer from bronzing. Additionally, these dye
inks are less likely to clog the print head and will not settle over
Alchemy’s inks use state-of-the-art dyes and advanced
All Tempus dye inks have been independently certified across
range to a minimum of ISO 105 – B02 standard of Blue Wool
(BWS) 6 and as such meet the requirements of the Fine Art Trade Guild
as an archival ink.
Alchemy’s Chronos archival pigment inks are made
from the latest
micro-pigments. These micro-fine pigment particles offer the benefit
of extended colour life up to ISO 105 –
B02 standard of BWS 7. Having a smaller colour range and a less
glossy finish than dye inks, they are ideal for fine-art printing on
matt papers where maximum image life is a priority.
The stringent testing
Image Alchemy has made a considerable
investment in testing inks and papers for fading characteristics.
from pollution and humidity, UV light and ozone are the two principal
causes of image fading.
Alchemy’s inks that have been independently tested
robust International ISO 105 – B02 Standard meet BWS 6 and
and are independently certified by the Printing Industry Research
Association International (PIRAi).
uniquely, we carry out in-house testing of both our own and
competitor’s paper and inks using a state-of-the-art
colour-fade testing chamber from Light Science®. Additionally,
we test our inks and paper for ozone gas stability
using our own ozone generator.
have made an investment in Raster Image Processor software that
enables us to print individual inks without cross-contamination. Unlike
the majority of our competitors, we do not use smear swatches
as the ink thickness can be extremely variable and not representative
of what is produced on the printer.
when completely satisfied with the quality of our products, we submit
them for independent certification to PIRAi which makes our range of
inks and papers truly class-leading products!
The ink refill system
Alchemy’s refill system is quick, clean and simple
to use. There is no need to clamp the ink tubing or pour ink from one
container to another. Simply remove the protective cover, insert the
refill into the ink tank, gently squeeze and viola it’s done!
The free colour profiling
Alchemy is an appointed Gretag Macbeth/X-rite dealer and
forty years experience in the field of colour correction and
profiling you can be assured that we are experts.
every Image Alchemy DIPS, we offer a £30 colour
profile free of charge. This profile is custom made for your
printer, Image Alchemy™ inks and your choice of paper. The
customer simply prints off the colour charts on the supplied CD,
returns them to us, we will profile them and e-mail or post a CD with
the customer’s colour profile.
will be competitive and will be announced at Photokina.