The value of photographs is capturing the emotionally meaningful moments, which are irreplaceable memories. Though, as time goes by, photographs fade and leave shadows that may make your memories fade too. In fact, there are several factors in the environment you live in that can cause photos to fade faster.
What Make Your Photos Fade
1. UV radiation
The main cause of photos fading is UV radiation. The process of photos fading caused by sun light is called photo-degradation, in which the energy generated by photons in sunlight breaks down the molecules of pigments and dyes and changes the way they reflect light.
2. Tiny particles
Tiny particles floating in the air, such as dust, smoke and detergents, would settle on the surface of the photos. It can also cause the molecules in the photos to degrade over time.
The tape we usually use to stick photos can also cause damage to them. In fact, the adhesive of the tape would seeps into the photo, and distort the color molecules.
The last big culprit is fungus. Fungus damage the photo in a different way, mainly by producing brown spots that make photo look dirty.
How to Keep Printed Photos from Fading
1.Use Quality Ink Cartridge
Cheap cartridges may save you money at the beginning, but the printouts won't look the way you want them to. Therefore, using high quality ink cartridge is the first key to make your printed photos not easy to fade. G&G Everbrite pigment ink, for instance, declares that its printouts won't fade for 100 years.
2.Delay the Stack
When you have just printed your photos, do not stack them together immediately, as the ink will rub off. Instead, wait until the ink is completely dry to solidify the color.
3.Out of Direct Sunlight
Placing your photos in an album, or in a glass frame, can protect them from direct natural light. Speaking of album, you can buy an album that uses acid-free archival paper, which protect your photos from corrosion.
Fungus is more active in humid environments, so it is also important to avoid storing photos in damp places like the garage or the attic. Cool and dark places are the ideal environment.
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