Help Center - How do I Handle, Store and Frame Inkjet Photo Paper?

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How do I Handle, Store and Frame Inkjet Photo Paper?

Here is a guide on how to handle, store and frame inkjet photo paper:

How to Store Inkjet Photo Paper

  • Keep the paper in a close box. Preferably in its original packaging.
  • Keep it away from direct light, heat, dust and humid conditions.

How to Handle Inkjet Photo Paper

  • Avoid touching the coated surface. Handle the paper by its underside or edges instead.
  • Remember that the more sheen a photo paper has, such as glossy or lustre, the more noticeable the smudges would be.
  • Before printing, you can clean the photo paper from dust and debris. Use a lint-free cloth to polish dust off paper.
  • Clean the inside of the printer with canned air to remove paper dust. Here is how to clean printer rollers.
  • Fan the papers before loading them into the print. This also unsticks them from each other.

How to Handle Printed Inkjet Photo Paper

  • Allow printed inkjet papers to dry out for at least 30 minutes before storing.
  • To dry out printed inkjet papers faster, place an acid-free copy paper on top of the print to absorb the ink's moisture.
  • When stacking prints, interleave with acid-free copy papers to avoid rubbing off the ink.

How to Store Printed Inkjet Photo Paper

  • Similar to how to store blank inkjet photo paper, avoid direct light, heat and humidity.
  • Environment must've a controlled temperature (70 degrees Fahrenheit) and controlled humidity (15-60% relative humidity).
  • For storage containers and sleeves, find ones that are labelled photo safe or archival quality and are free from acid, PVC and lignin. 

How to Frame Printed Inkjet Photo Paper

  • Use archival mats and mount boards.
  • Avoid exposing your prints to heat such as high-heat substrates. Use a UV filtered glass to protect it from UV and air exposure.
  • Avoid using spray mounts and liquid adhesives as ink can react to humidity and moisture.
  • Avoid using taping the edges of the photo to bind it into a mounting board as it can damage the print.
  • Instead, use photo strips or photo corners.