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    Dwayne Martin Devorobin's Avatar
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    Jul 2014
    Sarasota Florida

    Heating lith developer

    Hi Gang, I’m very aware that every lith print is different from the last but if you heat the developer to speed the process will it produce a similar print only faster? Or does it change the look a bit or even dramatically? I really enjoy making lith prints but I burn hours and hours doing it. I would love to try one of those heated Nova dip tanks….
    In my case I’m using Moersch easy lith and fomatone.


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    Oct 2010
    Czech Republic

    Re: Heating lith developer

    It depends on paper... with some, like Fomatone, higher temperature influences not just speed but also colour / tone.
    I am not sure about NOVA heated tanks - you cannot see what is going on inside, which is crucial for lith printing. But you can use some low-heat heaters underneath your tray (KAISER makes some) or use terrarium heat pads (I do), or a simple water bath (developing tray in a larger tray full of warm/hot water) will do as well...
    Website of sorts, as well as flickr thing.

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    Andrej Gregov
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    Nov 2010
    Seattle, WA

    Re: Heating lith developer

    What papers are you using for Lith? Foma warm tone papers like MG 131 Lith in about 4-5m. Dilution of your chemistry can also affect dev time (more dilution = longer dev times). Have you experimented with different paper and dilutions?

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