Drying time for photos printed on ink Jets
I've been trying to get an answer from paper, printer and ink manufacturers as to how long, on the average, you should wait before you trim a photo and put it in a frame. I use an HP 832C printer, Kodak glossy 56 and 117lb photo paper, Hp ink and the temperature and humidity are generaly around 70 to 80 degrees and 50% humidity. I usually allow a minimum of 2 hours drying time, but I'm just guessing. Does any one have any personal experience to answer this one? Thanks very much.Griff.

PS. I forgot to mention I generaly print 8X10s..

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My only personal experience has been to wait overnight. I always spray my best prints with clear UV protectant. I made the stupid mistake of spraying a photo just minutes after printing - looked like Tammy Faye in the rain..

Now I wait overnight and have had no problems..

Gee - I remember the days when prints had to go on a drum dryer or in a blotter book!.


Comment #1

Thanks for your response Des, I hadn't thought of the UV protectant. I'll give that a try. I'm new to digital photography and I was hoping either HP or Kodak would give me an answer on the drying time. But, they are reluctant to commit themselves. So I'll do as you have been doing and let it dry overnight.Rector..

Comment #2

I run an Epson printer and have been experimenting with different papers. Regular photo glossy inkjet papers I normally just lay out on a table for a short period of time (30 min or so) and they are dry. Then I coat them with a gloss sprayI give it a couple of coatsand they are fine. I have also been experimenting with different papers on my inkjet. Watercolor paper gives a nice older look with a very distinct texture. Charcoal paper is much more subtle.

They do require different printer profiles which are relatively easily done...

Comment #3

Thanks for the information Fred. What kind of a gloss spray do you use?Rector..

Comment #4

You can go to the local photography store and spend much more for glossy, or matte, photospray than you should. My experience has been that once "photo" is printed on a label the price at least doubles. I go to the local Wal-Mart (where we all seem to shop these days) and buy gloss Krylon spray. Works great!..

Comment #5

Thanks Fred,What did we all do before B.W. (Before Wal-Mart)?Rector..

Comment #6

Ive got a epson c62 printer I have had no problems cutting the prints and framing after just 30 minutes,..

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