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How To Care for Your Prints

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Your digital print was created using Epson Premium acid-free printing papers and Epson pigment-based archival inks. This combination of inks and papers has been tested by Wilhem Imaging Research to be stable in color and print quality under standard interior viewing conditions for 40 - 100 years, depending on the specific paper.

The pigment-based inks we use are much less susceptible to heat, light, water, humidity and pollution damage than are dye-based inks used in other digital prints. Still, to ensure maximum life for your fine photographic print, please protect it from the following:

1. Excessive humidity. Do not store in basements

High humidity levels, 80% or more, in basements and in rooms such as bathrooms can cause mold to grow on your prints. It can also cause "foxing", the development of brownish spots sprinkled all over the print. Permanent low humidity less than 40% is also damaging, contributing to drying out of the paper over time. Please expose your print to moderate, consistent humidity levels.

2. Excessive heat. Do not store in attics

Excessive heat, as well as extreme fluctuations in temperature, are damaging to fine prints. Please expose your print to consistent, moderate temperature levels.

3. Excessively bright light. Do not display in direct sunlight

Bright light of any kind, and direct sunlight in particular, contributes to premature fading of prints. The ultraviolet light in sunlight is particularly damaging. The 40 – 100 year lifetimes estimated by Wilhem Imaging Research are based on standard interior light levels.

4. Excess acid. Do not touch the surface of the print with your fingers

Skin oils are acidic. In addition to being unsightly, fingerprints contribute to deterioration of prints due to the acid deposited on the surface. The inks and printing papers we use are acid-free as are the mat boards.

5. Environmental pollutants. Frame your print behind glass with a sealed backing paper

Common interior pollutants are, for example, cigarette smoke, cooking fumes, air fresheners, and the like.
Frame the print so that the surface of the print itself is not in direct contact with the glass. All of our prints are matted, which separates the print from the glass.

For more information, visit www.wilhelm-research.com

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