I would add to Linda's comment that even pro photographers use printing services instead of relying on in-house printers.  An advantage to using archival printing services is their software for color management and print sharpening is top-notch.  Yes, you can do all this at home, but it takes time.  Definitely look for ways to outsource this task before buying a printer. 


On Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 10:51 AM, Linda Feltner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Happy New Year to you Marla!

If you want archival, you should focus your research on archival pigments. This also includes matching paper. 
Pigmented inks are more archival. Dye inks are not, as far as I have been instructed. 
So if you want archival, that may be a primary factor. 

I'm sure others who have their own equipment will have advice.

I use a museum-quality, control-freak (her own words) specialist to do my archival printing, and she is extremely serious about archival quality, along with the printer, ink and paper that all have to be matched for archival quality.

Best cheer,
Linda M. Feltner Artist, LLC
P.O. Box 325
Hereford, AZ 85615
(520) 803-0538


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