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    Replicating a warm tone paper look

    Greetings all,

    I have a negative that I dearly wanted to print optically, but unfortunately there were a lot of scratches on it, which really didn't want to have to touch up. I have decided instead to scan, fix in Photo shop and then have the print done by a local professional shop. I am yet to decide whether I am going to have it printed chemically or via inkjet (this place does both).

    What I want to do, though, is try to replicate a very subtle warm tone look, similar to if I was using Ilford Warm Tone photographic papers. If I print chemically, I am quite restricted in what papers I could use, so I am thinking that it might be easier if I try and do this at the file level.

    I have seen a few efforts of this done in the past, but to me, often the results are that the whites are still white, not that subtle cream that I would expect.

    Does anyone have any methods/advice on how to achieve this using Photoshop?

    Cheers

    *Disclaimer time - yes, this is a miniature format negative - I figured I would ask hear, as frankly, its not allowed on APUG....

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    Re: Replicating a warm tone paper look

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    Re: Replicating a warm tone paper look

    You might find this article helpful: http://www.kenleegallery.com/html/tech/bronze.php

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    Re: Replicating a warm tone paper look

    Thanks Ken. That looks exactly what I am after!

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    Re: Replicating a warm tone paper look

    Have the computer shop make a large format negative of your 'photoshopped' digital file, then print the negative as you usually would.

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    Re: Replicating a warm tone paper look

    That Fill Layer looks like a good way to go, reducing opacity to vary affect. I've traditionally done the same thing with an HSL adjustment layer.

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    Alternately, most of the new high end printers from Epson and Canon have a black and white mode for printing with just the grey inks. When you use that mode, you can also shift the hue in the print dialog. I have been doing this lately and it produces a more monochrome (toned) image.

    Are there any silver papers still around that match the feel of Agfa Portriga? Man, I miss that paper!

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    Re: Replicating a warm tone paper look

    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Barrett View Post
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    Are there any silver papers still around that match the feel of Agfa Portriga? Man, I miss that paper!
    Me too, and Record Rapid that was so subtle and toned so delicately with Eastman Kodak Selenium...



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    Re: Replicating a warm tone paper look

    "Are there any silver papers still around that match the feel of Agfa Portriga? Man, I miss that paper!"

    Not since they took all the cadmium out of photographic products.

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    Re: Replicating a warm tone paper look

    One foreseeable issue with printing with OEM inks is longevity. When we print by mixing a variety of inks, there is a likelihood of them fading at different rates, causing color shift over time. This has been studied and documented at Aardenburg Imaging.

    While we can't be certain about longevity, I have found a small measure of solace in making warm-toned inkjet prints using carbon pigments on 100% rag paper. The Eboni hextone ink set gives a nice look which varies with choice of paper.

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    Re: Replicating a warm tone paper look

    your choices would be made much more clear by deciding first what form you want your final to be.. a chemical print like a digital type C, or and inkjet print. If an inkjet print, then what sort of surface- fine art matte or a photo surface?
    Each of these has different options, some overlap, but it would be best to start there and work backwards.

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