How can I tone to get gold colored tones?

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  1. reggie

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    Hi:

    I have a few prints that I'd like to tone to get gold colored tones in the mid tones and highlights. Gold is the ballpark color so anything close to that would be good. I have Tim's toning book, but I don't recall anything that results in gold tones.

    Thanks.

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    gold tones

    I've worked with gold toner quite a bit. gold does not tone a gold color. it imparts a blue black on the print. sorry but most modern papers do not tone well with gold-but don't take my word for it-you may discover something I don't know...
    best, Peter
     
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    In Tim's chapter on gold toning he actually gives some advice on how to get actual metallic gold tone using gold toner. It's on page 62 in the left column under "The midas touch -- metallic gold". It sounds like it's a bit unpredictable, very paper dependant, and the process requires bleaching, redevelopment in a lith developer, and then gold toning directly from the developer (before fixing). The process doesn't technically sound too hard, you just need the right paper and chemistry.

    Tim hangs around here, he'd certainly have more advice.
     
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    Thanks! I don't recall the chapter notation, but I"ll go look it up. I recalled that gold toner gives a blue tone, but I had never heard of it actually imparting a gold tone. Very nice!

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    Depends on what you regard as "gold". Have a look at R Hicks and F Schultz " Perfect Exposure" page 162. It's a small portrait of Sophie toned in sepia then gold. They call the tones peachy which may be a more accurate description but I'd say her hair comes out quite gold. Not the bright yellow gold of course which you often see statues painted with but nevertheless a delicate golden look. At least in my opinion.

    For portraiture it looks a great combo. The book isn't essentially a printing and toning book as you will have gathered from the title but well worth a look for the effect described above.

    pentaxuser