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Photos Stuck Together?

I would like to know if anyone knows a way I can separate my photos, they are stuck together, side by side.

By Marcus

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June 20, 20125 found this helpful
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This is good comment about it from yahoo answers:


If they are photographs, NOT INK JET/LASER prints, you should put them in a tray of water at about room temperature and let them soak for at least an hour. Remember true photo paper was designed to be processed in liquid chemistry! Once they have absorbed enough moisture they should separate very easily but the image will be soft and fragile so handle gently!

You could add "Photo Flo" (available at a photo stores that still sell chemical processing supplies) or a very small amount of plain dish detergent to the water. Once they have soaked they should separate easily, if they don't, DO NOT pull them apart! Add some warm water and let them continue to soak until they have absorbed enough moisture to separate easily.

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Dry the images by laying them FACE UP on a soft towel laid on a table or wire rack or suspend them from a string using PLASTIC clothes pins. The pictures may curl up while they are drying but the curl can be removed after they are completely dry by uncurling them and placing a heavy book or other weight on top pf them.

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40+ Years as a photo processor and photographer.

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June 16, 20160 found this helpful

Thankyou so much. My brother had given me photos of our sister and mother's headstone. Two weeks ago my house flooded. I was heartsick when I found them,stuck together in a stack,with the other photos from his trip.

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February 16, 20170 found this helpful

I just seperated them by bending them like a deck of cards in every space of pictures. Marks on them sticking together though.

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February 17, 20171 found this helpful

Does this apply to photos that i got printed at walmart? My walmart photos are stuck to a black and white pic of my mom when she was about 18 she was born in 55?

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May 18, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you. I had left the photos, that got wet, for 4 years because I was so devastated. You answer worked for me. Thank you very much.
Tammi Rickard

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June 14, 20120 found this helpful

Unfortunately there isn't a way to fix that.

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June 14, 20120 found this helpful

You could try heating a pot of water on the stove. Then hold pictures over the steam and see if they separate. Worth a try.

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June 15, 20120 found this helpful

Try putting them in the freezer for a while and you will be able to separate them.

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December 18, 20160 found this helpful

Wasn't helpful in 2012 and still not helpful in 2016. Nope peeps this does not work.

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June 15, 20122 found this helpful

Freezing works - steaming kills the photos.

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May 15, 20150 found this helpful

Just so others don't spend hours agonizing over whether immersing in water will work for newer, digital camera photo prints (YES, sometimes we DO still get prints made!), the answer is YES. At least with the type of digital prints you get from places such as Walgreens. I haven't tried any created on a home printer, on glossy or matte photo paper. I have no idea if that would work the same way or not. After a couple of days of internet research, NONE of which was helpful in definitively concluding that the information applied to anything other than old, darkroom-type, developer-and-fixer type photos created from negatives, I tried what I considered to be less hazardous methods, like freezing (Did NOT work.

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I ended up with pieces of the backs of pictures stuck to the fronts of other pictures.) then I finally decided I had nothing to lose since the photos were not useable as they were. I went ahead and put them in water. (Not distilled by the way, as some sources said. Totally unnecessary.) Yes, they do curl somewhat. I'm assuming that isn't an issue because remembering back to my college photography class darkroom days, curled photos do flatten.

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