How to Label Photos
When labeling photos always use a 3B or higher soft pencil when possible and label on the back of the photo. But on some photo papers pencils won’t work. Good news I found a marker that works on photo paper that has a sheen (resin coated). It’s called a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen. It is india ink that is waterproof, permanent, acid-free and archival. I prefer the XS-extra super fine for writing on the backs of photos. I tried the Pigma Micron 05 pen by Sakura and it smears badly. As a safety precaution always let it dry awhile then test with a cloth to make sure that it adhered. Shown here is damaged done to a photo where the ink smeared.
Smudged writing on the back of the photo will bleed on to the photo underneath it as shown in these examples. Labeling your photos is one of the most important things you can do for future generations. This photo doesn’t tell us whose apartment they were in and who is in the photo? Think about what you want your family to know about the photo you are labeling.