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Digital Silver Imaging Features ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl

Digital Silver Imaging, ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl Inkjet paperDigital Silver Imaging (DSI) of Boston is a unique photo lab with black and white, inkjet, and ILFORD in its DNA. Eric Luden, Digital Silver Imaging, ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl Inkjet paperOwner and former ILFORD executive, Eric Luden, brings an insider’s knowledge and perspective to ILFORD inkjet and silver gelatin based media. However, Luden is not looking backward, he is running one of the few labs in the world that is producing silver based museum quality black and white prints on silver gelatin paper directly from digital files. DSI accomplishes this nifty feat by using a laser to expose ILFORD light sensitive photo paper utilizing a modified Durst printer/processor. The resulting prints are actual wet process, silver based gelatin black and white prints (the kind you used to make in trays under a red safelight in the darkroom.)

In addition to producing museum quality silver based black and white prints DSI offers a variety of services including hi-resolution film scanning, digital retouching, mounting, matting, framing, black and white film processing, chemical print toning, and more. And because any lab knows that customers who calibrate and profile their monitors send in better quality files that can be printed with confidence, DSI has also just added X-Rite color management solutions. DSI customers can choose ColorMunki Photo or the NEW display solutions from X-Rite, ColorMunki Display and i1Display Pro.  All three of these solutions provide high quality monitor and projector profiles so that you can be certain what you’re seeing on your monitor is what Eric and his staff will be seeing on their monitor when your file arrives at DSI.  So what does all of this have to do with ILFORD GALERIE inkjet paper? I’m glad you asked!

Digital Silver Imaging, ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl Inkjet paperDigital Silver Imaging has just introduced new services that include archival color prints. ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl inkjet media will be one of the mainstay options for inkjet print offerings from DSI. “We took the most challenging aspect of digital photography, black and white, and perfected that service. Now we want to create the finest archival color prints for our customers with the same high quality on which we’ve built our reputation,” says Eric Luden. “Using large format Epson printers with HDR inks and ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl inkjet media brings proven quality on a refined surface that has a superb look and feel.” Recently released print permanence data by Wilhelm Research indicates that the archival properties of this inkjet media with pigment inks is well over 200 years when displayed behind glass in normal room lighting.

Additional options for media including ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk will soon be added so that you can customize your output using DSI. These new color inkjet services are available now so be sure to check out for more information.

Digital Silver Imaging ROES Direct2Print Application, ILFORD, X-RiteDownload the free ROES application Direct 2 Print. You’ll be able to quickly and easily upload your images for printing streamlining your workflow and saving you time.

Eric and his expert team are ready to work with you to make sure you get the highest quality archival prints from your digital image files. Congratulations to Digital Silver Imaging on adding new color archival inkjet prints to their growing list of services.

ILFORD GALERIE is a name you can trust.  Over 130 years in the photographic imaging business makes ILFORD a name that is synonymous with quality, print permanence, and beautiful media. Trust your prints to the archival quality produced by great labs. Try if for yourself. Step up from the ordinary!  Find out what ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl inkjet paper can do for your beautiful photographs.


ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl Inkjet Paper

ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl Inkjet PaperWhen you print on inkjet paper you want excellent tonal range, water resistance, and confidence that your image will not slowly fade away over time. ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl gives you all this and a beautiful surface for portfolio prints, finished prints delivered to you client, or photos for your own enjoyment.

200+ Year Print Permanence

Tests still in progress at Wilhelm Research indicated that ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl, when printed with pigment inks and displayed under glass, will be beautiful to look at 200 years from now! Covering a print with glass reduces exposure to airborne pollutants that can cause “gas fading.” Using UV glass will yield additional protection from UV rays that also conspire to reduce permanence.  Displaying prints made on Smooth Pearl behind UV glass can extend their life beyond 200 years.(Download the full report.)

ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl was rated as having a high resistance to water and humidity. Besides “gas fading” from pollutants and exposure to UV light, humidity is the next great enemy of print longevity. Once again ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl comes out a champ.

Even if you simply put the print up on a wall out of direct sunlight in normal room lighting without protection your print on ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl using pigment inks is expected to still be beautiful for over 70 years! (Note that luminance levels exceeding 450 LUX for 12 hours per day may reduce this estimate). What makes ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl such a great choice for print permanence and image longevity and stability?

ILFORD GALERIE Inkjet PaperNanoporous technology is part of the magic. Inkjet papers are made up of layers. The receiving layer is the layer that actually “receives” and holds the ink.  Various additional layers make up the rest of weight of the paper and provide the base upon which this receiving layer resides.  Nanoporous layers take up ink in tiny channels making the print “dry to the touch” when it comes out of the printer making it possible to  gently handle prints immediately. This fast drying property allows you to use high speed settings on your printer. The technology “locks” the ink into the receiving layer helping to provide resistance to humidity and water.

ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl has a heavy base weight that gives prints a rich feel as well. At 290gsm Smooth Pearl exceeds the competition giving you the look and feel of  a conventional photograph. And ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl achieves a clean white surface without optical brighteners. You’ll be amazed at the color gamut possible with excellent image clarity. Expect your printed image to meet and exceed conventional photographic printing.

All ILFORD Smooth papers are “universal” papers. They are well matched to both dye and pigment inks from a variety of manufacturers. This “universal” ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl no matter what printer or ink type you normally use.

ILFORD wants you to get the best print possible. That’s way we provide printer profiles for the most widely used photographic quality inkjet printers directly from our website. Go to  Select “Printer Profiles” under the “Support” tab at the top. Here you’ll choose “GALERIE” and enter information about the printer you’re using.  You’ll be led to a download link were you can get the printer profile that matches your printer ink and paper combination. This link will include the profile that you’ll need and a Read Me file that tells you where to install the profile in your operating system to make is accessible in programs that you use to print in a color managed workflow. You can also make custom printer profiles with color management solutions like X-Rite i1Photo Pro and i1Publish Pro and ColorMunki Photo.

In each box of paper you’ll find a sheet that gives you valuable information on how to set your media type in various printer drivers to insure the ink is placed on the paper in a optimum way to give you the very best from your particular printer on ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl paper. Color management is essential to a consistent, predictable workflow and ILFORD is committed to providing you with all the tools necessary to control your output with good color management practices.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing your beautiful images coming of your inkjet printer on ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl paper you owe to yourself to try it and experience the quality, the feel, and the longevity of this fine inkjet paper. ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl is available in sheets and rolls from you photographic dealer. Step up from the ordinary. Give yourself the pleasure of seeing your work printed on ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl.  Visit for more information.

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Wilhelm Research Print Permanence Ratings for ILFORD GALERIE Papers

We are delighted to share with you that Wilhelm Research has released a report on ILFORD GALERIE inkjet papers detailing expected permanence for images. Three media types are tested – ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk, ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl, and ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Gloss.  In all three cases the expected stability of prints framed under glass is over 200 years! Visit Wilhelm Research at and download the full report!

“Products as permanent as these ILFORD offerings require very long test times, so while these media have not yet reached the first of our endpoint criteria, the tests have been in progress long enough for us to confidently give all three papers a greater than 200 year WIR Display Permanence Rating with HP Vivera Pigment Inks,” said Henry Wilhelm, co-founder, president, and director of research at Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. Wilhelm expects these ratings to improve to even greater permanence ratings as the tests continue. He further adds that since these papers do not have optical brighteners they will resist yellowing which is also and important consideration when prints will be displayed for decades. Wilhelm Research, Inc. is a respected firm whose rigorous testing procedures are well known.  We are delighted to bring these important new test results to you. CLICK HERE to download the full report.

“At ILFORD we strive to create the highest quality products in order to meet the demands of today’s discerning professionals who rely on inkjet media,” said Dr. Rita Hofmann, Director of Research and Development at ILFORD. “Our in-house research and development staff continues to develop [and] market leading products using the latest print technology. We are pleased that Wilhelm Research laboratory has independently verified the impressive permanence levels we have created.”

ILFORD GALERIE Professional inkjet media are designed specifically to meet the demanding needs of today’s professional inkjet user. Check out ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk, ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl, and ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Gloss for yourself! Find out why professionals have been relying on ILFORD for the highest quality photographic media for over 130 years.

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