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Image Stability of Images Printed on Acidic VS Acid-Free Paper—An Album Enthusiast's Point of View

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Many commercially available inkjet papers are formulated with acidic paper bases. This situation runs contrary to the general recommendation for acid-free papers in the scrapbook industry. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the reason for the prevalence of acidic papers may be due to the imaging industry's reliance on light stability information when comparing various papers. We have compared the performance of the same microporous inkjet coating on acidic and acid-free paper base. We confirmed that the rate of paper yellowing in the dark is greater with acidic paper bases. We also found that inkjet prints did exhibit somewhat better light stability with acidic paper bases. Consequently, the most stable paper for inkjet prints will depend on the specific paper and the intended application.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2004-01-01

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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