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21-12-11, 06:51 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Kingston, Ontario
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Unless you are using the makers ink and not third party ink its a waste of time framing and glazing. Remember these are prints and not true film photographs. You could of course hang them in a blacked out room
OK...... third-party inks
not have the archival quality (and longevity) of the Epson or Canon 'genuine article' but nobody's been around long enough to prove the quality of either type! If you've got money to burn, get the printer manufacturer's own - if not, go for 3rd party.... example - 220ml of Epson Ultrachrome ink costs $149. 3rd party ink costs $25.
Now, if you're putting pictures into a museum there's a point in spending the money - but they're not going to hang on the wall for 100 years anyway - they will be properly archived at some point (and maybe duplicated). So the 'genuine' ink is irrelevant. If you want something for a living room wall the 3rd party inks will last for years - less if kept in sunlight of course.
If they're for an exhibition of your work you are fine too......
The problem may arise if you sell a print and call it 'archive quality' when it's not - but is your customer going to come back to you in 50 years to complain? If they do, I'd hope you have the original to reprint and replace it for them.
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