Is the Epson R800 the only choice for archival printing?

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by googleplex, Dec 17, 2004.

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    googleplex Guest

    My wife is an artist and wants to use the Epson R800 for its ability to
    do archival printing. Can other other printer do this?

    googleplex, Dec 17, 2004
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  2. What do you consider "archival"? Do you reqally mean totally, museum
    quality permanent? If so, I doubt any printer qualifies, as the papers
    used are plastic based. If you mean 100 year, then I think the Epsons
    are notably good in dark storage, but I don't know about under glass.
    There may be rsidual solvents.
    Philip Procter, Dec 17, 2004
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    From: "googleplex"
    The Epsons using the Ultrachrome ink set are the best option. The 2200 is the
    consumer model and prints on 13" wide paper (I think the R800 is letter sized
    only). There are three Pro models which have more accurate ICC profile support
    and allow for larger prints -- the 4000 prints 17" wide, 7600 prints 24" wide
    and the 9600 prints 44" wide. I have a 2200 and a 4000 and they are excellent,
    especially with the better watercolor or fine art papers. The R800 does a
    better job on glossy paper but most artists are printing on fine art papers.

    These are not archival in the dye-transfer or black-white sense but they use
    pigment inks and have estimated print life ranging from say 50 - 100+ years,
    depending on display conditons. Here's a table showing the Epson 4000 print
    longevity estimates, for example (the other three use the same inks):

    Here are the estimates for the R800 inks:

    Get the R800 if you just want small prints, get one of the bigger ones for
    larger prints though.

    Bill Hilton, Dec 17, 2004
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    From: Philip Procter
    The pigment ink Epsons print quite nicely on watercolor and fine art papers
    that are 100% cotton ... for example Arches Infinity Smooth paper is 100%
    cotton, pH-neutral, acid-free, lignin-free, and OBA-free. Cost $6 a sheet for
    17x22" sheets but prints beautifully ... similar papers I've printed on with
    the Epson 4000 include Hahnemeuhle Photo Rag and Epson's Ultrasmooth Fine Art
    (and there are several others I haven't tried).

    Bill Hilton, Dec 17, 2004
  5. Well, the Epson 2200 and the Epson 4000.

    I'm assuming that you're using "archival" as short-hand for "lasts
    long enough to put it in the ballpark for artistic prints", rather
    than anything absolute and nonsensical :).

    Or any of a number of Epson printers like the 1280 using third-party

    Those printers produce prints that last a *lot* longer than
    conventional chromogenic materials; and perhaps even into the range of
    silver-gelatin B&W. According to accelerated testing; which is black
    art with a LOT of science mixed in.
    David Dyer-Bennet, Dec 17, 2004
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    Tom Scales Guest

    Others have mentioned them, but if she's an artist, the limitations of 8 1/2
    x 11 seem large.

    For me, the best value for the money was the Epson 7600. Prints amazing 24 x
    36 inch prints.

    Tom Scales, Jan 1, 2005
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    MOP Guest

    Yes this a fantastic printer I have had mine for over a year and it is
    fantasitc if not a little expensive to buy in the first place.
    MOP, Jan 2, 2005
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