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To get the best possible printing quality, you need to have a set-up that creates optimal results both in the short term as in the long term.
The ink quality in your ink cartridge is one of several factors, others are the choice of printer paper and printer model that in best case should be specifically developed to fit your ink. Finally, no printout will last for ever if you don't store them in a correct way.
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Printouts have the tendency to interact with the environment affecting the long term durability. The following factors will have a impact on the durability of your printouts:
Two types of ink are mainly used in inkjet printers - dye based and pigments based inks. Read about the characteristics of these ink types in our printer ink article.
Glossy papers and paper with optical brighteners can react badly to particles in the air and ultraviolet light. This will have a negative effect on the long term printout quality.
The solution is to use premium archival printer paper that has been developed to be more fade resistant than ordinary printer paper. A premium printer paper is built up by different layers that all have their own purpose such as controlling the ink absorption, keeping moisture out, wrinkling resistance and creating a paper surface with the right characteristics and looks. If you want to be certain of the produced results, go for a paper and ink type that the original printer manufacturer recommends. Tip: Read our article about inkjet photo paper.
Extensive heat will have an effect on both the paper and the ink dissolving the printout in the worst case. To high humidity may cause dye based inks to "move". What happens is that individual colors (i.e. dyes) may move at a different speed making the color balance and sharpness of the printout to deteriorate. It's recommended that you store your printouts in a dry and cool temperature that doesn't fluctuate too much.
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