HP Photo Permanence and Durability
Photos printed with HP Vivera inks and HP photo papers meet rigourous standards to ensure your memories stay beautiful for generations
Wilhelm Imaging Research shows Original HP inks last longer than refill inks1
Visit Wilhelm Imaging Research for more information.
HP invests heavily in the research and technology that ensure photos last for generations. HP researchers carefully consider both permanence and durability when they develop new photo printing supplies and expand existing technologies. Permanence refers to how well photos last over time-whether they fade when exposed to sunlight, heat, humidity or airborne pollutants. Durability refers to how well photos resist accidents-such as from spilled water, smudging and fingernail scratches. All HP inks and papers must meet rigourous tests developed by HP and by relevant standardisation organisations or independent test labs.
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Tried and true
HP uses established, independent test labs such as Wilhelm Imaging Research to test its ink and photo paper products. HP directly participates with industry standardisation bodies, such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which develop procedures that can be used to test and compare products. When third-party testing isn't possible, or the technology is so advanced that there isn't an industry standard, HP develops its own set of tests based on HP's extensive experience in photo printing technology and knowledge of how HP customers use photo prints.
What is photo permanence and durability?
Prints that last for generations
Photos printed on HP photo papers using HP inks not only feature better image quality than photos processed by conventional labs or non-HP retail kiosks, but are longer lasting as well.
HP designs and tests all of its ink and photo paper combinations for optimal durability.
- Wet durability: Photos can be damaged when exposed to water or by handling when wet. However, many HP ink and photo paper combinations produce high-quality, water-resistant or waterproof prints. Please see the table "HP Product Water Resistance" for product details
- Dry durability: Fingerprints, fingernail scratches and scuffing from stacking pictures can degrade photos. All photos printed with HP supplies are engineered to resist damage from everyday handling.
HP Product Water Resistance
|Category||HP Photo and Fine Art Papers||HP Inks|
|Waterproof||HP Advanced Photo Paper||HP 38 Pigment Ink Cartridges|
|Water resistant||HP Advanced Photo Paper||
|HP Digital Fine Art Media:
||HP 38 Pigment Ink Cartridges|
*Note: Not all products are available in each country. Please check with your local retailers for details.
Wilhelm Imaging Research tests HP inks and papers for the following types of fade resistance:
- Light fade: Photos can fade or discolour from normal exposure to light.
- Thermal degradation (dark fade): Photos can fade or discolour even at room temperature over time.
- Air fade: Ozone and other airborne pollutants can cause photos to fade.
- Humidity: Humid environments can cause colours to change hue or become less vibrant.
Visit HP & Wilhelm testing for more information.
For display permanence information regarding the recently announced HP Photosmart Pro B9180 featuring HP 38 pigment inks, new HP Advanced Photo Paper and select HP Digital Fine Art Media, please visit www.wilhelm-research.com/hp/PhotosmartProB9180.html.
Note: Not all products are available in each country. Please check with your local retailers for details.
The Wilhelm Imaging Research display permanence seal on packages indicates that the permanence of HP photos has been tested and certified to resist fading under glass up to the stated number of years with select HP inks.
Rigorous testing for archival quality
Most HP papers are acid-free and lignin-free. However, these terms are not always relevant to coated inkjet papers. The more relevant question is: "How long will the photo last?" This is answered by the tests outlined above. For more details, please refer to "Archivable papers: A report on acid-free and lignin-free paper (213KB, PDF)."
1 Less than one year is the average of all North America refill ink brands printed on refill brands' recommended, or leading 3rd-party photo paper tested in 2006 by Wilhelm Imaging Research display permanence testing (light fade under glass) of leading remanufactured cartridges and/or ink refills for six-ink printing with HP 57- and HP 58- compatible inkjet print cartridges. Testing on European brands in progress. For more information, visit Wilhelm Imaging Research.