How to Troubleshoot Blotchy & Faded Inkodye Prints

Here are some simple steps to take while printing with Inkodye to ensure a clear end result.

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So your Inkodye print is blotchy or looks faded?

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You may have even experienced an extremely faded or blotchy print after you wash your material. Let's explore the reasons why...

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When coating material, some people have the tendency to want to drench it with Inkodye.

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But when you expose the material in the sun, extra moisture causes condensation under your negative. This reflects sunlight & prevents it from penetrating the Inkodye and exposing the color fully.

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Here's a close-up of condensation forming under the negative during exposure in sunlight.

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Once the negative is removed after exposure, you can see that the dye is pooling on the surface of the material.

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The fully developed dye on the surface of the material rinses away during the washing step, leaving you with a less than satisfactory photographic print :(

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Since the sunlight was blocked by excess moisture and unable to fully expose and develop the dye that had adhered to the fibers of the material, the print appears faded.

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Fix the problem: Less is more! Blotting your material with a paper towel before exposure will greatly reduce your risk of condensation marks. Material should be fully coated and damp, but not soaked.

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Hope this solves your blotchy print problem! See our "Print a Photo on Cotton with Inkodye" guide for step-by-step instructions of how to make an Inkodye print.

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