Handling inkjet prints after they come out of the printer is important to the life of the image on paper. As we know, pigment inks come out of the printer dry to the touch. And an additional time period is needed for the image to be completely stable. Evaporation of water and and solvents is sometimes referred to as “out gassing.” It’s important to give a print some time to “breathe” before framing so that this “out gassing” process is complete. Generally allowing the print to cure in a warm, dry room for 24 hours before framing is adequate.
After this curing process we want to make sure that we are handling prints properly to ensure their longevity. A Practical Guide to Handling Inkjet Prints for Optimum Results located under the Support tab at www.ILFORD.com provides some practical advice on storing and displaying your prints for best results. (more…)