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 user 2005-03-09 at 9:52:00 am Views: 79
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    Epson to Guarantee Longevity of Fine Art Prints

    UltraGiclée™ Print Certification Program To Give Printmakers Confidence
    Selling Work. Certified fine art prints, created on selected Epson professional
    printers using select professional media and EPSON UltraChrome™ ink, will be
    warranted to resist noticeable fading for 80 years.

    LONG BEACH, CA, March  2005 – Fine art printmakers and their customers will
    soon have a guarantee on the longevity of certain Epson fine art prints through
    Epson’s new UltraGiclée™ print certification program. This certification will
    enable printmakers to sell their work and enable customers to buy these prints
    with confidence that the prints will last.

    Selected Epson Printers and Media in Program
    UltraGiclée certified
    fine art prints, which can only be created on selected Epson professional
    printers using select professional media and EPSON UltraChrome™ ink, will be
    warranted to resist noticeable fading for 80 years from the original date of
    purchase when the print is printed, framed, handled and displayed according to
    warranty conditions. If a warranted print fades, Epson will provide the ink and
    paper needed to make a replacement print. Current certified printers include the
    EPSON Stylus Pro 4000, 7600 and 9600 printers, and certified media include
    UltraSmooth™ Fine Art Paper, Textured Fine Art Paper and PremierArt™ Water
    Resistant Canvas for Epson.

    “This is the first program in digital fine art printing where a printing
    system has not only been tested for print longevity but also guaranteed,” said
    Greg McCoy, senior product marketing manager, Professional Supplies, Epson
    America Inc.. “Using Epson professional printers, Epson UltraChrome Ink,
    archival Epson media and approved finishing sprays and techniques, fine art
    printmakers will have the confidence that the prints they sell will be
    guaranteed against fading for 80 years.”

    Museum Using Epson System In-house
    The Museum of Fine Art in Boston
    is using the Epson Stylus Pro 9600 and UltraSmooth Fine Art Paper to create
    UltraGiclée fine art reproductions in-house, enabling the museum to share its
    collections with as many people as possible.

    “We’re amazed at how easy it is to create digital fine art reproductions that
    meet our requirements of color accuracy and longevity,” said Debra LaKind, MFA
    Head of Rights, Licensing and Visual Archives.

    Wilhelm Imaging Research has independently tested the printers, inks and
    papers used in Epson’s UltraGiclée certification program for the fine art, fine
    art reproduction and fine art photography industries. Final prints made
    according to the program’s specifications will be registered and accompanied by
    a Certificate of Authenticity.

    In order to earn UltraGiclée certification, printmakers will attend a
    training class on proper printing and finishing techniques. Classes will be
    offered starting in late spring in various cities across the country. Details
    will be available at beginning March 14.

    Epson offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and
    image output products for consumers, businesses, photographers and graphic
    artists. The company is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale
    (POS) printers and transaction terminals for the retail market. Founded in 1975,
    Epson America Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation,
    a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet
    customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration
    and energy efficiency. Epson America Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach,