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Care and Feeding of your Photographic Print

All works offered by Silverheels Fine Art Photography are printed on archival-quality paper using pigmented archival-quality inks for very long life. Currently we are using two matte-finished papers: For prints on 8 1/2 by 11 and smaller paper, we use Hahnemuhle Photo Rag paper. For larger prints, we use Hahnemuhle Torchon paper, which is a textured cold-pressed watercolor paper.

We use only Epson pigmented inks, which are independently laboratory tested for long life to resist fading and color changes.

There are, however, a few steps you can do to help preserve the color and beauty of your print for generations to come. Always keep a photograph (whether ink-printed or traditional chemical processed) behind glass, but do not allow the print to touch the glass. Many photographs have been damaged because they were framed in direct contact with glass and the print adhered to the glass. Do not hang the print in direct sunlight or strong fluorescent light, as prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light may cause the inks to fade. Avoid chemical fumes or high humidity, and never spray glass cleaner directly on the glass. Instead, spray the cleaner (or better yet, clean water) lightly on a soft cleaning cloth and use the cloth to clean the glass. This will help prevent cleaners from seeping around the edges of the glass and damaging the print.