15th August 2002, 09:05 PM
How to protect inkjet photos ?
I am looking into purchasing an photo-quality inkjet printer.
After much research on the net, my conclusion is that for
photo-quality printout, 6 colours, dye-based inkjet printer will
be the preferred choice.
The 2 most popular brands out there for this kind of inkjet are
Epson and Canon.
The only remaining concern is that I have read quite a few users
saying that the printout doesn't last very long and will start
fading even after a few days if they are not protected - e.g. put
behind glass or laminated.
Hence, my purpose of starting this thread is to gather input from
the Singapore users of photo inkjet printers, especially these
models : Epson Photo Stylus 810, Canon S800, Canon S820.
I'm also considering the new HP Deskjet 5550 which starts using
dye-based photo inks - but since it's so new, I doubt there is any
user that has use it long enough to provide much feedback.
Please share with me your experience so far in terms of :
1. What is your printer brand/model ?
2. What type of paper you use (brand/model) ?
3. Do you notice any fading in your print outs ?
4. If there are fading, how long before it starts to fade ?
5. What are the methods you use to stop it from fading ?
6. If you don't notice any fading at all, what is the oldest print out
you have that still doesn't have a sign of fading ?
Appreciate the info.
15th August 2002, 09:16 PM
1. Epson 1270
2. Epson A3/A4 Matte paper - Heavyweight
Epson A4 Premium glossy photo paper
5. I use acid free plastic sleeves and store them in black folders
away from sunlight.
6. 3 years
15th August 2002, 09:40 PM
Thanks for the fast response !
Glad to know that your print out can last for 3 years
without fading !
I have more questions which I hope you can help with :
1. Since your location state Singapore/Australia, can I know
where do you stored those print outs ? Singapore or Australia ?
2. There seems to be this 'orange shift' problem with the epson
stylus - including the 1270 - see :
Do you experience the same problem ?
3. Finally, can you also share more details about the acid free
plastic sleeve - i.e. brand and where to buy ?
Again, thanks for the response.