How long should my printed pictures last?
For optimum image quality and longer print life, print your photos with EPSON Photo Ink (the standard UltraChrome inks for the EPSON Stylus Photo 2200) and Epson's fade-resistant Enhanced Matte Paper and Premium Glossy Photo Paper. When printed with these combinations and displayed indoors in an ozone free environment, under glass, your prints will last about as long as standard 35mm prints. Prints with other EPSON media are less fade-resistant but can be preserved if kept in a photo album.
As with all photos, care should be taken to preserve the long life of your prints. All color photos change over time.
For storage in photo albums, we recommend acid-free, archival sleeves that are commonly available from camera shops and other retailers.
For indoor display, we recommend avoiding direct sunlight and mounting prints under glass to help protect them from humidity, cigarette smoke, ozone, and other atmospheric contaminants. Color stability varies based on lighting conditions, color intensity, color range, and print media. Using the guidelines above, your EPSON photo prints can keep your memories alive for many years.
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