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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 Hints and Tips | Using a Paper Profile

atlas_313x213One of the most often asked questions I get is how to set the printer driver for printing using a paper profile.  Here’s the way it works:

  1. Let Photoshop or Lightroom manage colors. If you let the printer manage colors there’s no way to control what paper profile your printer is using. To choose what profile you want to use choose this setting.
  2. Select the printer profile you want to use! Be sure the profile you’re using is the correct option for the paper, printer, and ink combination you’re using. (more…)