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I use a lot of gloss optimizer in my printing and wondered about its archival characteristics. Well, from an informal 1 year stress test, gloss optimizer proved to have outstanding archival characteristics.
For the stress test, I cut the print in half and put half in the sun (marked ‘S’) and sored the other half in a file cabinet.(marked ‘D’) My normal fade tests are 6 months in the sun. With the gloss optimizer sample I gave it 1 year of sun – from 6.25.2014 to 7.3.2015.
Here is a quick shot of the test results with my P&S Sony.
After the 1 year test period was over I married the 2 halves for comparison. The black lines show the edges where the gloss optimizer extends. One year of sun produced no change to the gloss optimizer that could be seen with the eye. The results area also a testimony to Epson’s pigment based ink.
Epson as well as Canon are superb for dye stability with pigment inks. They will far, far outlast a dye transfer print when it comes to fade resistance. The best inkjet prints will show little or no fading from being exposed to a year of sun. Whereas, a dye transfer print may start to show fade damage after a couple of months.
The print used in this test was made with an Epson R2000 printer. The original digital file is below.
From The Americans…60 years after Frank artists’ book.