inkjet drying time

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by nosredna, Nov 21, 2003.

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    nosredna Guest

    Instructions for my Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy paper tell me to let
    prints dry for 24 hours before doing anything with them. How crucial is
    that for a 5x7 print? Is overnight drying enough? I printed one at about
    9pm and want to put it in a glass frame (no matt) tomorrow at about 10am
    (need to give it as a gift and don't have time to wait for a full 24
    nosredna, Nov 21, 2003
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    Paul Heslop Guest

    I've yet to know an image which wasn't dry within 24 hours, but like wet
    paint sometimes it can feel dry but still have a residual wetness which
    isn't obvious except under longer contact. Someone mentioned here a
    while back that you shouldn't mount your image directly behind glass but
    with a mask... I assume they meant the thin card rectangle inner frame?
    Paul Heslop, Nov 21, 2003
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    ERich10983 Guest

    I depends a lot on the paper. I've used some combinations of ink and paper
    that never dried properly. It was more of a problem with my HP970 and really
    cheap Sam's Club paper than with my Canon S9000. I usually try to wait at
    least 4 hours before dry mounting or putting the print into glassine holders.

    Earle Rich
    Mont Vernon, NH
    ERich10983, Nov 21, 2003
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    Ripley7173 Guest

    Someone mentioned here a
    I think you mean a mat. And yes, if the picture is something you want to keep
    for a long time (vs. a snapshot that will be changed out within a year) a mat,
    or some type of spacer between the print and glass is highly recommended. I
    can't even count how many people have come into my frameshop over the years
    with ruined photos because they fused to the glass. Moisture plays a big role
    in this too, so if there's ANY question of it not being dry, glass directly on
    it would be a bad thing.
    Ripley7173, Nov 21, 2003
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    Paul Heslop Guest

    Yeah, I forgot to mention that matte paper dries almost instantly
    Paul Heslop, Nov 21, 2003
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    Paul Heslop Guest

    Am I right in thinking this would be more for glossy than matte paper? I
    have framed a few matte prints which seem fine.
    Paul Heslop, Nov 21, 2003
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    nosredna Guest

    I'm using one of those slide-the-photo-in stand-up frames and I don't
    think there's not enough room for a mat. I think I'll just make a very
    narrow mat from some extra thick paper and see if it'll slide in with
    the photo. It's not a super high quality photo, and it's a gift vs work
    for a paying client. I'll tell my friend that if the photo starts
    looking weird I'll do another print and use a mat and different frame.
    Thanks to all for your tips for my last-minute-rush gift idea!
    nosredna, Nov 21, 2003
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