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    I use the Berg copper and blue toners all the time for a few reasons:
    1. they really are metallic toners, not dyes.
    2. they can be reversed with paper developer, although contrast is lessened.
    This re-developing method also is effective for split-toning.
    3. they are liquids, so you do not risk the health hazards involved in mixing
    powdered chemicals. (The Museum School in Boston, where I teach, will
    not even allow me to use powdered chemicals, despite having just installed a super
    ventilator over the sink.) At home, I do use a mask and mix powders,
    but I try to avoid it.
    4. they can be used on b & w photos, as well as, van dyke brown prints.
    5. they are gorgeous when used with each other on the same print.

    I do not like to use any toners on r.c. paper, which is a type of surface that
    suffers when kept in liquids too long.

    Laura Blacklow
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laura Blacklow View Post
    I use the Berg copper and blue toners all the time for a few reasons:
    1. they really are metallic toners, not dyes.
    2. they can be reversed with paper developer, although contrast is lessened.
    This re-developing method also is effective for split-toning.
    3. they are liquids, so you do not risk the health hazards involved in mixing
    powdered chemicals. (The Museum School in Boston, where I teach, will
    not even allow me to use powdered chemicals, despite having just installed a super
    ventilator over the sink.) At home, I do use a mask and mix powders,
    but I try to avoid it.
    4. they can be used on b & w photos, as well as, van dyke brown prints.
    5. they are gorgeous when used with each other on the same print.

    I do not like to use any toners on r.c. paper, which is a type of surface that
    suffers when kept in liquids too long.

    Laura Blacklow
    (author, New Dimensions in Photo Processes)
    Laura: thank you for this timely post. I have a print that needs a tone more blue than I can coax from gold toner. So I have been researching the available blue toners and was down to Berg and Fotospeed. It sounds like Berg will give me what I need, at less cost than Fotospeed. By the way, I would love to see an example of a print toned in both blue and copper.


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    Berg toners are not true toners, they are dyes. Selenium, gold, platinum, palladium, iron and other metals are true toners. even uranium was used as a toner for a good many years.
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    So if Berg toners are dyes, which of the blue toners (commercially available) are? Or must one make up his own from a formula to get a "true" toner?


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