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An archive of Technical Info posts by ILFORD.

Print Conservation for the Rest of Us

Image Conservation for Inkjet PrintsWhen some of us hear the words “print conservation” we immediately think of temperature and humidity controlled rooms nestled deep in the belly of a library or archive. But paying attention to some basic details of storing and displaying inkjet prints can greatly enhance the archival longevity of your own images. There’s a great resource available from the Image Permanence Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Simple practices like wearing gloves, using support materials to handle the prints, and paying attention to temperature and humidity can enhance the longevity and integrity of the print. The Image Permanence Institute provides and online publication called IPI Guide to Preservation of Digitally-Printed Photographs. Read it online or download it for later review.

Learn more about high quality photographic inkjet media visit ILFORD.com. Download paper profiles for the ILFORD range to enjoy the optimum tonal range and color gamut from your inkjet printer. Be sure to leave a comment and tell us what ILFORD GALERIE range you use for your inkjet printing.

ILFORD Imaging’s Marion Meissner Discusses Inkjet Technology

ILFORD at Vision11 LondonWe had an opportunity to talk recently with Marion Meissner, Leader of Print and Test Services at ILFORD Imaging in Switzerland. Marion was just back from speaking at Vision 11 in London. In its 13th year, Vision is a London based photo festival billed as the place “where art and technology meet.”  Marion spoke there giving a presentation that included the topics “How to get a good image with inkjet printers” and “How to display and keep a good image.”

I learned a lot from Marion in our short conversation and reviewing the materials from her presentation. She spoke about the need for accurate input profiles for any device we use to capture or produce an image. And of course we all know that we need to have accurate profiles for both our monitors and printers in order to get beautiful images from an inkjet printer. Marion’s presentation also touched on the phenomenon of metamerism, color appearing differently under different types of light. And of course she spoke about current technologies in inkjet inks both dye and pigment.

Marion took time to talk with us on the phone from Switzerland.  You can hear a short clip of our conversation here:

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Most current inkjet printers used in the photographic industry are pigment based ink sets. While dye ink sets produce a slightly larger color gamut, pigment inks produce high quality results with greatly enhanced print permanence.

ILFORD Imaging Dye and Pigment Technologies

In this illustration it’s easy to see that dye inks absorb into the receiving layer on the paper base while pigment inks remain on the surface of the media. Pigment inks are more archival but the trade off is some loss in color gamut (colors that can be reproduced). Dye inks have advanced in their stability and permanence over time and pigment inks have improved as well closing the gap with gamut reproduction so that most professional quality inkjet printers for photographers are pigment based.

Getting a good print from either of these two technologies is highly dependent on the inkjet media that is used to make the print.  ILFORD GALERIE media are designed with the most up to date paper coating technology. ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl and Smooth Gloss inkjet papers are ideal for both dye and pigment inks. While bronzing is an issue using pigment inks on glossy surfaces, ILFORD Smooth Gloss is recommended for use with pigment inks greatly reducing the need for gloss optimizers that reduce differential gloss.

ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl and Smooth Gloss inkjet media are “universal” media that equally support dye and pigment inks.  This can be a real plus for students and others who routinely use both types of priners.

We plan to feature many more discussions with Marion and others from our research and manufacturing facility in Marly, Switzerland.  This is just a start. We’re very interested in your questions and comments about inkjet media technology. Please be sure to leave a comment here if you have a suggestion for topics you would like to see us feature here.

ILFORD GALERIE Inkjet MediaStep up from the ordinary.  Give your photographs the inkjet media they deserve.  Use ILFORD GALERIE inkjet media for your images.

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ILFORD GALERIE | Printer Settings

In a previous post, Printer Settings Using Printer Profiles, we talked about downloading the appropriate profile for your ILFORD GALERIE inkjet paper.  Just to review you’ll find those profiles at www.ILFORD.com. Select “Support” from the tabs at the top. You’ll see a dropdown menu there that includes “Printer Profiles.” Read more about selecting, downloading and installing those profiles so they’re ready to use.  CLICK HERE to read that previous post in its entirety.

After we get the profile and we’re ready to print we need a bit more information to be able to choose the proper settings in the print driver of our printer. These settings will insure the ink is applied to the paper surface properly.  This setting is crucial to getting good inkjet prints. There are three things that really have to be set properly in your print driver when using the printer profile in Photoshop, Lightroom, or other printing software:

  1. Media or Paper Type
  2. Resolution (usually 1440 or equivalent)
  3. Color management must be turned off in the printer driver

So the question is, “What Epson or Canon or HP paper type should I set in my driver if my paper does not conform to the nomenclature of the manufacturer’s paper?”  ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl is a good case study for this example.

ILFORD GALERIE Printer Settings at www.ilford.comYou can access these recommended printer settings at www.ILFORD.com.  Click on the “Support” tab and select “Printer Settings.”  Here you will enter the particular range of inkjet media, your printer manufacturer, model number, and the surface of the paper you’re using.  In some cases the media type setting may be different than what is printed on the sheet in the box because selections online can be customized for your particular printer driver media types.

Note that you’ll find the recommended media type setting and the recommended resolution as it is listed in your particular print driver.  The “Colour” setting would only be used if the printer is controlling the color. Otherwise as we discussed above, color management should be disabled in the print driver if you are allowing Photoshop or another software package to drive the printer profile.

It is vital that you set the media type to a setting that is appropriate to the paper and surface that you are using.  The quality of your photo depends on the proper setting. Simply leaving your printer driver defaulted to “Plain Paper” will not yield high quality results so take care to be sure this setting is correct each time you print.

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