Patent Number: 7,787,153

Title: Image forming apparatus and image forming method

Abstract: An image forming apparatus capable of recording image information and additional information added separately from the image information to a photographic printing medium is disclosed. The image forming apparatus includes: image information acquisition means for acquiring the image information, additional information acquisition means for acquiring the additional information, and recording means for recording the image information acquired by the image information acquisition means and the additional information acquired by the additional information acquisition means to the photographic printing medium, wherein the recording means can record the additional information by laminating a first transparent material that absorbs light of a specific wavelength and a second transparent material that does not absorb the light on a recording surface of the photographic printing medium.

Inventors: Takizawa; Naoki (Kanagawa, JP), Higuchi; Ken (Kanagawa, JP)

Assignee: Sony Corporation

International Classification: H04N 1/40 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018