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Color Management & Quality Output by Tom Ashe

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DIGITAL PRINT PERMANENCE & LONGEVITY

 

 

One of the major stumbling blocks that prevented the original digital Iris prints (created by Nash Editions and others) from being easily accepted by collectors, galleries, and museums was the poor longevity of these prints. What do we mean by “poor longevity”? Basically, over a short period of time (months to a few years) the look of the prints would change from the way they looked when they were originally printed. The color of the (mainly) dye-based inks would fade as the prints were on display, and the rate of fading was unique for the dyes in each ink, so that, for example, if the magenta dye faded faster than other dyes (cyan, yellow, or black), then the print would get lighter and produce ...

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