Photo gifts provide a personal way to celebrate the holidays. This Christmas Creative Memories has introduced high-gloss photo panels. More information on photo gifts, including instructions on how to resize a StoryBook, is available in my December Tech Notes column tech-notes_200812.
Photo panels are unlike traditional prints in that the prints are produced with an inkjet printer and then thermally transfered to the panel. These panels resist abrasion, water, and other stains. They also have extremely good fade resistance showing only minor color shifts after laboratory tests designed to simulate forty years light exposure under relatively high home lighting conditions. In the photo below, the test target on left shows the photo panel before light exposure and the test target on the right shows the panel after light exposure.
Photo Panel test targets. Light exposure simulates 40 years light exposure, with an average light level of 250 lux for 10 hours per day.