When I had my first son I printed a whole slew of his baby photos and put them in some cute & cheap Ikea 4x6” frames. Within one year the matting which came with the frame was all yellow and gross looking. I wondered why? I’d spent all that time and now it felt like a waste. I turned to a photographer friend and learned from her what makes the paper yellow and how to make sure it never happened again!
Have you ever wondered why your artwork isn’t as beautiful as it once was? Keepsakes like wedding art prints, family photos and commemorative artworks should always be printed with archival inks & paper.
The reason some of your prints may become yellow and/or fade is usually due to the media your image is printed on and the type of ink used. Most prints are on paper, and paper is made from tree cellulose (Yes, I still don’t really know WHAT that means exactly but I just wanted to share the facts). Here are some of the most common reasons prints on paper using common inks begin to fade and turn yellow:
A professional printer like myself will use archival paper and archival ink. However, more and more people are discovering the value of archival prints every day. When you have images printed on archival paper with archival ink, you can count on them looking as vibrant to your great-great grandchildren as they do the day you create them.
Archival paper and ink are specially made with preservation in mind. They naturally resist fading and are more durable across the spectrum. Due to the unique process in which archival papers and inks are made, they have been scientifically proven to have little to no fading for 200 years.
The only downside is special paper and special ink requires a special printer. BespokePrints.com use the Epson Stylus Photo R2000 Inkjet Printer, which yields beautiful archival prints with an unprecedented glossy look and feel.
I know how important these artworks are and to keep them safe please try to keep them out of direct sunlight! It’ll help them stay vibrant and alive for as long as possible.