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Topic: Ink jet printing for a scrapbook?  (Read 742 times)
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« on: April 26, 2009 10:53:43 AM »

Is ink jet printing really okay?  In my experience just using it for work and stuff, the ink isn't very stable and fades or even scrapes off after  a while.  Is this just because of the cheap paper I use for everyday printing?  And/or should I be using the photo ink cartridge?  (My printer has a black & a color cartridge, and for photos you use the color cartridge and a special photo one.)  And/or should I spray with something to set it?  I really like the idea of being able to make my own headlines, notes, etc. but I worry about the permanence and stability.  I've been searching all week for answers but am not really finding anything, so I'd love to hear some experienced thoughts.
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2009 04:24:24 AM »

I found this article on inkjet printing for scrapbooking.

According to that article, ink jet ink is acid-free, but it is not permanent since it will fade over time especially when exposed to light.  However, make sure to check out the links to the other articles because PC World did a study of printers/papers/inks and how long photos will last when you use the right combination (around 100 years if you use an Epson Stylus printer, archival papers and high-end inks).

« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2009 06:55:01 PM »

I personally have never had much luck printing with inkjets (for photographs, that is). It just seems to use up way too much ink and not be cost effective, plus the photos often smear. I upload my photos online and have them printed off that way. I forget the name of the website I've been using, but many of them are easy to find on Google if you search for "photo prints," and at least here in the UK a lot of them offer a certain number of free prints when you sign up. It's not really all that expensive anyways. You can also try using the printing service in iPhoto if you use that program.

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