Patent Number: 6,332,679

Title: Image forming method and image forming apparatus

Abstract: The present invention relates to an image forming method comprising the steps of forming visible images in application of an ink, which at least includes an ink solvent and a color material, onto a recording medium having a porous layer on a surface of the medium from a side of the porous layer; conveying the recording medium from a location for forming images to a location for a subsequent process; and flattening the surface of the recording medium formed with visible images by pressing the surface while heating to form a flattened layer. In a nip region that the surface of the recording medium formed with visible images is pressed, a point A at which the ink solvent contained in the recording medium reaches the boiling point is located upstream of a point B at which the porous layer of the recording medium loses its liquid permeation property.

Inventors: Higuma; Masahiko (Tohgane, JP), Takekoshi; Nobuhiko (Kawasaki, JP), Kaneko; Hajime (Kodaira, JP), Sugama; Sadayuki (Tsukuba, JP)

Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: B41J 11/00 (20060101); B41J 002/01 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018