Taking Care of Your Photographic Prints

Published on February 22nd, 2009

For producing my prints I use a Canon PIXMA Pro 9500 series printer with the 10 LUCIA pigment ink system. Canon’s new high density LUCIA pigment inks offer exceptional print quality on both photographic and fine art papers. Canon LUCIA pigment inks deliver image permanence of 100 years with colour prints (when placed under glass or archived) and 200 years with monochrome. I print all my prints on Canon Matte Photo paper to minimize any reflections.

To protect your investment, the following suggestions should be followed to increase the life of your photographic print. These are only GUIDELINES and it is still your choice of how and where you hang your pieces of art.

Probably the most important concern for your prints, even after having it properly framed, is where you decide to hang and display it.


This is probably the single most important bit of advice. Exposure to direct sunlight will cause your print to fade more rapidly. Please make every effort to avoid hanging your prints in a location, which will have it face long periods of exposure to excess light. The primary cause of image fading on most photographic materials is ‘visible light’.  All two-dimensional art should be framed and displayed under glass to protect the image surface from the environment. Glass adds another layer of protection against ultraviolet light.

When cleaning the glass do not spray the cleaner directly on the glass – the cleaner could inadvertently run under the edge of the frame contaminating the mounting material or the print itself and may discolour the photographic print. Spray your cloth first, and then wipe the glass clean.

If you would like more information about the life expectancy of ink printed prints go to www.wilhelm-research.com for more information.

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