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The Image Quality and Lightfastness of Photos from Digital Camera Appliance Printing Systems

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The creation of inkjet prints from digital cameras has generally required the intermediacy of a PC, often gives variable results dependent on the familiarity of the user with necessary software, and has been less than user friendly. Camera appliance printers like the KODAK Personal Picture Maker by Lexmark have introduced user friendly printing to digital camera owners by allowing printing directly, simply, and inexpensively from camera flash cards.

In this study, we discuss the attributes customers require of photographs from digital camera appliance systems, and how well commercially available and two Kodak prototype systems fulfill those requirements. We will specifically discuss the selection and invention of magenta dyes, which give state-of-the-art lightfastness and color. We will compare the consumer-judged image quality of prints from various appliance printer systems to those typically obtained from a silver halide system. The effects of illuminant intensity on the fade of printed images will be discussed, and the lightfastness of a variety of systems will be compared.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2000-01-01

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  • For more than 30 years, IS&T's series of digital printing conferences have been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in 2D and 3D printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference that brings together industry and academia, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems?particularly those involved with additive manufacturing and fabrication?including bio-printing, printed electronics, page-wide, drop-on-demand, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based systems, and production digital printing, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields. In 2016, the conference changed its name formally to Printing for Fabrication to better reflect the content of the meeting and the evolving technology of printing.

    Please note: For purposes of its Digital Library content, IS&T defines Open Access as papers that will be downloadable in their entirety for free in perpetuity. Copyright restrictions on papers vary; see individual paper for details.

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