View Full Version : types of photo printing

06-14-2000, 10:03 PM
Hi all.

What kind of photo printing do you think galleries accept. Since I do digital it is possible to print on all kinds of substrates. For just a photo finish look I have found some companies that do a good job with large format printing (ie, greater that 8x10) on Kodak paper using R4 process. Is this consider decent enough for archival purposes for sale? Or is it frowned upon as "snapshot" paper?

Any leads would help...thanks!

Blue Spade Productions

06-15-2000, 01:33 PM
I think the key word here is "archival".

You might like to do a search on prints, printing, giclee, etc in our forum files. The topic of archival methods of printing have been discussed a couple of times. Also check out topics/discussion by pixelscapes. She offered some really good information about this. You might learn more from her website also.

The gallery I was in (a small town outside Atlanta only wanted LE or Giclee prints)and preferred small originals rather than prints.

06-15-2000, 01:55 PM
So how long do inks and papers have to maintain stable colors before it is considered archival? 20 years in light (longer if stored)? 50? 100?

I think the technology is moving so fast, that we might end up with over the internet printers (like http://www.ofoto.com )that can produce stunning prints on long-lasting papers for very little cost. The only problem is that you won't be there to proof the prints. Then again, there could be some inventions in the near future that would let you do this (panatone color matching for instance). Or you can just tweak the file and send many different variations until you got the one you wanted....

Or the price and longevity and troubles of printing at home could drop dramatically (more likely).

Anybody heard much about the new Epson (not Lysonic) archival inks and Epson 2000 printer? It is listed on the new IAFADP sheet that Wilhelm Research is putting out, but there isn't any info on a printer with this number on the Epson website.

Blue Spade Productions

[This message has been edited by bluespade (edited June 15, 2000).]

07-04-2000, 10:10 PM
Hmm, this is an old topic but I thought I would post anyway...

There's quite a few service bureaus that will print digital files onto photo paper... not just inkjet prints, "real" photos.

Big company: http://www.chromatics.com
Click on "Prints" under the "Digital" section. The Cibachrome paper seems to be pretty high quality printing... it's got a 200 year guarantee, after all.

Or, if you prefer, a smaller company: http://www.shphotodigital.com/services.html
Just so happens to be in my hometown. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif
They'll make a negative for you from a digital file too... which is awfully nice, and handy. Plus slides (what better way to show work to galleries?) etc.

-=- Jen / Pixelscapes

07-05-2000, 04:39 PM
Jen: I'll call and ask them why they advertise this as 200 years. According to Wilhelm, it is only about 29 years of stability for Ilfochrome (aka Cibachrome)! hmm....So far the new printer/inks from Epson sounds like it they will last the longest. The prices I have heard for this printer, the Epson 3000, is about $900. It should be out soon. Not a bad price if you do lots of printing.

Blue Spade Productions