Dye based inkjet fade test complete

In March I finished up one of the last fade tests I am doing for Dye Stabiltiy Testing of Color Imaging Media Edition II. At the end of the summer, I will have the other 2 sun fade tests done. A 1-year fade test of a 1980’s dye transfer print and a 6-month fade test of a 1950’s carbro print.

Carbro prints are very, very rare. It will be interesting to see how it holds up in the sun. I’ve already done fade tests for 1950’s 1960’s and 1970’s dye transfer prints. Kodak used to change the dye formula every few years and they all hold up differently in the light. 

The general rule is; dye based inkjet prints have poor light fastness whereas pigment based inkjet prints have outstanding light fastness. Below is a 6-month sun fade test of a dye-based print made on a Canon MG2522 printer. Print was cut in half and one half exposed to the sun, one half kept in dark storage.

Here is a master file of the image for comparison.

Faces of Gentrification

Here is a print from an Epson R2000 pigment-based printer with 1 year of sun exposure. Section that was in sun is marked with an S.


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