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Giclée Permanence

Print permanence depends on several factors, inks and paper used, amount of exposure to light and protection taken against UV radiation or pollutants in the air.

Therefore, any work exposed to light, it should be framed with museum quality materials and protected with plexiglass, preferably with UV filter, thus sealing around the perimeter to keep away from air, moisture and contaminants.

As a general rule one could say that the life of a giclée print will exceed the life of the owner, provided that a minimum of care is taken when handling, exposing or storing.

Water resistence of giclée prints.

Water resistence of giclée prints on fineart paper.

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For further information, check the last test conducted by Wilhelm Imaging Reserch Labs, or download the following PDFs:

Permanence Tests

  • Several papers / Ultrachrome
  • Hahnemühle papers / Ultrachrome K3
  • Harman Papers / Ultrachrome K3
  • Other Readings

  •  15 A 15-Year History of Digital PrintingTechnology and Print Permanence in the Evolution of Digital Fine Art Photography – From 1991 to 2006
  •  Photography & The Art of Digital Printing
  •  Improved Test Methods for Evaluating the Permanence of Digitally-Printed Photographs
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