Cardboard Photos

green-photo-printing DeepSquare Prints are now available from Static Pixels. These prints use UV-cured inks to print photographs directly on recycled cardboard. According to Static Pixels, DeepSquare Prints are vibrant, smart, and green. Their web site shows a photo of a bride, along with other images, and highlights the fact that they are printed with fade-resistant inks. Unfortunately, the bride will not be so happy when she sees what will happen to her photo over time.

The cardboard  DeepSquare Prints are made from contains lots of lignin. Lignin is the material that causes newspapers to become brittle and yellow over time. As the cardboard disintegrates, anything printed on it will also be lost. For this reason, ISO standards specifically prohibit the use of lignin-containing materials with photos. For any print intended to last more than a year or two, I would look elsewhere.

In addition, the short-term, disposable nature of these prints mean that they are anything but environmentally friendly.

For another review of DeepSquare Prints see DeepSquare Prints by Static Pixels review: Beautiful prints of your Instagram photos on eco-friendly recycled cardboard.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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2 Responses to Cardboard Photos

  1. ellenlandreth says:


  2. nancy Lewis says:

    Great information, Dr. Mark, thank you.

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