On Thursday 09 June 2005 06:18 pm, Ken Tanaka wrote:
> I use an Epson C-84 at home, so far the DuraBrite inks Epson uses for
> prints are holding up well (about a year old). Their previous
> generation of inks did fade with time, noticeably over 2 years. Look
> for acid-free on the paper too. If you are picky, you might archive
> the image files you like on CD-ROM and keep that with the pictures,
> hopefully that will outlast the paper and allow you to reprint to
> verify or replace paper photos at a later date.
> -Ken
> Helen wrote:
> >I'm using an HP Deskjet 5550, on good-quality photo paper.
> >My prints lose color in less than a year.
> >Is there a way to prolong the life of a print, other than an
> >extremely expensive giclee printer?
> >Thanks,
> >Helen

Ken brings up some good points about backing up the pictures to CD for 
later use, but he also hit upon a point that gave me a thought.  The 
ink has certainly improved in all the printers since so many are doing 
photos from them now, but the paper is equally as important.  HP, of 
course, recommends HP photo paper for the best results and longest life 
with their inks, as does Epson with their papers & ink.  The papers all 
work good in any printer, but have been tested to work best with their 
own inks.

So, in other words, you will probably get the best life out of your 
printed photos, if you keep things in sync!


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