How to unstick photographs
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The reason prints stick together is because of heat or humidity has reactivated the coating and emulsion on your prints and "melted" them.

Whatever you do - DON'T GET YOUR PRINTS WET! - It will only exacerbate the problem.

As noted above, you should instead freeze the prints. Cold temporarily stabilizes the chemicals. I assume you used your home freezer, which leaves large water crystals, and not a blast freezers or vacuum dry freezer, which leave very small crystals.

Even though you've been able separated the prints by freezing, you should realize that your troubles aren't over. Why because the large ice crystals have ruptured your emulsion layer. Meaning that as the print dries your print will immediately start to fade.

You may not notice it now but within a few months, you'll notice a big difference, and within a year you will probably no longer have an image on your prints.

If you want to save the image, have them scanned immediately, before any degradation occurs.

Remember that color prints are never permanent and are always unstable. Worse still are "prints" made by inkjet machines.

That's why I use to keep all my important images as slides, because it was more stable. Now I store them digitally.

So to keep your prints stable, keep them in a cool dry place. Separate the prints with acid free paper. Keep all your negatives. Finally, if you can afford the time and expense scan them all digitally.

Oh by the way digital images are also unstable - but that's another topic.







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How to unstick photographs - by VoxClamantis - 05-16-2007, 10:00 AM
How to unstick photographs - by Tradglad - 05-16-2007, 10:06 AM
How to unstick photographs - by VoxClamantis - 05-16-2007, 10:09 AM
How to unstick photographs - by Mornac - 05-16-2007, 10:52 AM
How to unstick photographs - by VoxClamantis - 05-16-2007, 11:04 AM
How to unstick photographs - by Historian - 05-16-2007, 01:00 PM
How to unstick photographs - by Mommie2Boys - 05-16-2007, 01:13 PM
How to unstick photographs - by Historian - 05-16-2007, 04:09 PM
How to unstick photographs - by Historian - 05-16-2007, 07:52 PM
How to unstick photographs - by VoxClamantis - 05-17-2007, 06:46 AM
How to unstick photographs - by Historian - 05-17-2007, 10:04 AM
How to unstick photographs - by VoxClamantis - 05-22-2007, 12:24 PM
How to unstick photographs - by rnw1964 - 05-22-2007, 01:35 PM



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