With proper care, photos printed with Epson Stylus Photo inkjet printers will preserve your memories for many years.
Epson currently offers both dye-based, six-color Epson Stylus Photo printers and the six-color Epson Stylus Photo 2000P
printers that use Epson's revolutionary Archival inks.
Photos Printed With Dye-Based Epson Stylus Photo Printers
(Epson Stylus Photo 780/785EPX/870/875DC/875DCS/890/1270/1280)
The Epson Stylus Photo printers listed above use six-color photo inks with improved lightfastness for framed prints.
Since image life depends on many factors, in addition to light exposure, using the appropriate photo papers and proper
care of photos are very important. Epson offers an extensive line of photo media for Epson dye-based printers:
finish and strong lightfastness. ColorLife paper is a good choice for prints that will be displayed
unprotected due to its excellent resistance to atmospheric contaminants. Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc.
lightfastness rating of 25-27 years under glass*.
Epson Matte Paper Heavyweight - Ultra smooth, coated paper with a fine matte finish that is perfect for
high quality photo reprints and enlargements. Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. has given prints on this
paper with Epson dye-based photo inks a lightfastness rating of 25 years under glass.*
Premium Glossy, Semigloss and Luster Photo Paper – These three popular heavyweight papers come in
high gloss to semigloss finishes for smudge and water-resistant prints with the look and feel of traditional
photos. Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. has given prints on Epson Premium Glossy paper with Epson
dye-based photo inks a lightfastness rating of 9-10 years under glass*. Prints on these paper are more
susceptible than prints on other Epson photo papers to atmospheric contaminants, including high ozone
concentrations. For improved print stability, prints on these papers should be framed under glass,
laminated or placed in archival photo sleeves.
Photo Paper - Medium-weight, glossy finish photo paper that is perfect for everyday photos. Wilhelm
Imaging Research, Inc. has given prints on this paper with Epson dye-based photo inks a lightfastness
rating of 6-7 years under glass*.
Semigloss & Luster
This chart is based on the specifically listed papers used in combination with Epson Photo Inks used by the Epson Stylus
Photo 780/870/890/785EPX/875DC(s)/1270/1280 printers. *
media, displayed indoors, under glass. Actual print stability will vary according to media, printed image, display conditions, light intensity and
atmospheric conditions. Lightfastness ratings do not measure paper deterioration, such as yellowing. Epson does not guarantee the longevity of
prints. For maximum print life display all prints under glass or lamination or properly store them.
Taking Care of Your Photographs
Photo Paper - Swellable polymer-coated paper that features an attractive semi-gloss
has given prints on this paper with Epson dye-based photo inks a
& "E" type
25 – 27 years
Lightfastness ratings are based on accelerated testing of prints on specialty