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Taking care of your prints

All the prints sold in the Print Shop are printed on Epson paper with Epson ink but, even if you don't buy anything on the site, this might interest you so I thought I'd share what Epson recommends on how to take care of your prints.

As with all photos, care should be taken to preserve the long life of your prints. All color dyes change over time, but a few simple precautions will keep them in good condition for years to come.

Make sure your prints are completely dry

For best results, allow your prints to dry thoroughly for 24 hours before framing.

If you want to store your prints in a stack, allow them to dry invidually for at least 15 minutes, then place a sheet of plain paper between the invidual sheets in the stack. Allow a full day for the prints to dry before removing the plain paper.

Do not use a hair drier to dry your prints, and do not dry them by placing them in direct sunlight.

Avoid exposure to atmospheric contaminants or direct sunlight

Storing your prints in photo albums protects them from both airborne contaminants and light and assures them the longest life. We recommend using acid-free, archival sleeves that are commonly available from camera shops and other retailers.

If you're displaying your prints in picture frames, mount them under glass to minimize exposure to humidity, cigarette smoke and other atmospheric contaminants. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight or near sources of bright light. Your displayed prints will last longer when protected from the environment, but will not last as long as prints stored in photo albums.

If you're unable to limit your prints' exposure to airborne contaminants and light (for example, if you use them as postcards or display them on a refrigerator), they may discolor. The degree of discoloration depends on the environment and how much contaminants they're exposed to.


- Store your printouts away from extreme temperatures, high humidity and bright lights.

- Don't display or store your prints outdoor.

- Don't store your prints where they are exposed to chemicals, such as in a darkroom.

- Keep your unprotected prints away from sources of ozone, such as monitors and TV's, air cleaners or other sources of high voltage electricity.

- If you're framing your photo, avoid doing so when humidity is high, as condensation may form behind the glass. If the humidity is too high, store your print in a photo album or plastic sleeve until the humidity drops.


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