Toning

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Carlos Saraiva, Sep 5, 2003.

  1. Hi.
    Can some tell me how to use Agfa Viradon New Toner?

    Thanks.
    Carlos Saraiva
     
    Carlos Saraiva, Sep 5, 2003
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  2. Dilute 1:24 and direct tone without bleaching for 2 to 10 minutes
    depending on desired effect. There is no need to refix. Wash
    thoroughly. A post-toning hardener is worth consideration. It is a
    polysulfide toner, and can also be used as an indirect toner after
    bleaching with e.g. a solution of potassium ferricyanide and potassium
    bromide. With indirect toning, polysulfide toners tend to lose density
    in shadows.


    Francis A. Miniter
     
    Francis A. Miniter, Sep 6, 2003
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  3. Carlos Saraiva

    Alexis Neel Guest

    It is possible to tone the highlights of a print the colors you want
    with sepia, although it can be tricky and it takes trial and error,
    especially with directions given over the net. There are 2 ways:
    #1) Start with a print that has rich darks, I mean rich, lots of
    density in the blacks, full DMax if possible. The highlights should
    have some tone in them, and this is the tricky part getting the right
    amount. Not too little, or they will bleach away, and too much, the
    bleach affects your blacks. I personally flash my print post exposure
    with a 00 grade filter for a time I have determined with my system and
    preferences (f32, head about 3' from paper for 1.5 seconds). Next, if
    you use Kodaks sepia kit, the original not the new one, get 2 of the
    bleach packets and mix with water as if you were mixing with only 1
    packet (you are doubling the strength of the bleach, which also helps
    with this technique). DO NOT USE a hardening fixer. After about a
    minute in the fix (Ilfords Universal Fixer) wash the print for 1
    minute, bleach for anywhere from 20sec to 50 sec. Pull print out,
    flush with rapidly flowing water, dumping the tray to bet the now
    diluted bleach out of the tray as fast as possible. Rinse that way
    for 1 minute, then in the sepia bath as normal, for 30 to 45 seconds.
    Final wash of 1 hour UNLESS you use PermaWash after toning, which aids
    in the wash AND stops the toning process dead in its tracks.
    #2) This is also tricky, but you'll be sure not to get any brown,
    just yellowish tan. The process works best with papers that don't,
    sadly, exist anymore (Agfa Portriega specifically) but they will work
    decently on ZoneVI'2 VC paper, and warm tone papers, although some
    warm tone papers, like Berggers is really hard to hold the highlight
    detail with this technique.
    Anyway, make the bleach like above. Print your image with strong
    blacks. The highlights not only need your detail there, but it also
    needs just plain density, so post flashing is usually needed. You
    will need more than the technique above, and its hard to say how
    much...the best is to make decent jumps in post exposure flash if the
    previous one didn't hold onto detail, color etc. Everything is the
    same as above EXCEPT that instead of going into the sepia bath, go
    into a SEPERATE fix bath. Thats it. Final wash as normal.

    Samples of these and other techniques can be seen on my big file size
    (each gallery is 1.5meg, so no whinning :) ), Flash site. The addy
    is www.alexisneel.com

    Good Luck.

    Alexis
     
    Alexis Neel, Sep 6, 2003
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