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Photographic Printing Technologies

 A rundown of current printing Technologies with advantages and disadvantages

Type Uses Pros Cons Archival Life Other Names History  
Silver Halide Professional Albums
Display Prints
Prints for your shoe box or album
Framed prints
Best archival life for photographic printing
Is the only true photographic printing
Has been around for many years so can be trusted
Can be handled with out further protection
Does not mark or scratch easily
Cost per print
Equipment to print on is expensive
Limited range of paper choices

Chemical waste needs the silver removed before disposal
200 Years - Kodak Professional
80 Years - Fujifilm Crystal Archive
C type printing
Wet Lab
black and white 1890's
Colour 1960's
Pigment Ink Jet Anhydrous Professional wide format printing
Framed prints
Wide variety of paper types
Equipment is moderatly priced
Marks scratches and scuffs easily
Needs protective coating if it is to be handled
Cost per print
Inks - 80 Years, Papers are unknown K3    
Dye Ink Jet Anhydrous

At home printing

Dry Labs

Equipment is cheap
Cost per print Not consider archival At home inkjet

Dry Lab
Inkjet Eco Solvent Signage and display
Car Wraps
Great range of self adhesive and signage medias available Must be used in a ventilated environment 5 to 7 years outdoors      
Inkjet Solvent Signage and display
Low running costs Considered to be unsafe to use in closed enviroments 5 to 7 years outdoors      
Ink Jet Latex Signage and display
Car Wraps
Low Running costs and a large range of medias High cost of equipment compared to other inkjet technologies Unknown      
Digital Offset Greeting Cards
Photo Books
Promotional products
Short run printing
Prints double sided Only can print on papers upto 300gsm Depends on paper type and use      
Offset Long run printing Extreamly low print cost Only viable for long run Depends on paper type and use      
Dye Sublimation - Print Onsite printing Easy portable printers ideal for event photographers Low quality print with limited life Varies due storage and heat Dry Lab    
Dye Sublimation - Products Range of promotional products Great for Cups, clothing and promotional printing Needs high heat and pressure Depends on substrate      
UV curable ink jet promotional products
Signage and display
Can print on large range of promotional products and flat bed signage Cost of equipment and the ink sets hard so not suitable for flexable products Depends on inks used      

 This article is based on our opinions

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