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    Lith paper vs Regular paper

    I'd like to have a go at lith printing.

    I notice Fotospeed sell a lith paper. What does this paper have that regular papers don't?

    I have a stack of Adox Vario Classic. How would that measure up against specialist lith papers?

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    Chemically, I don't know. It does have a nice semi-matte surface and produces less color than other papers like Foma.

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    I've used the Adox VC paper for lith printing; it works but it's difficult to get good colours from it. The Fotospeed paper is fine, but I would suggest looking at the Foma papers first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cinefane View Post
    I'd like to have a go at lith printing. I notice Fotospeed
    sell a lith paper. What does this paper have that
    regular papers don't?
    I've done only a little lith printing and that using a home
    brew developer of my own formula. A Freestyle RC paper
    gave rich coffee browns. Very nice. Another paper gave
    red-ish blacks. It did not lith well.

    From my little experience and reading of other's results,
    lithing is a two variable process; paper and developer.
    Some work will have to be done matching the one
    with another. Dan

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    Doesn't Tim Rudman have a book about lith printing? If he does and it's anything like his book on toning, it's well worth the investment.

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    Trying to find current information on available Lith paper and chems is a bit of a headache.
    "While you're out there smashing the state, don't forget to keep a smile on your lips and a song in your heart!"

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    Tim Rudman's book is great. His website also has up to date information on various papers. I've tried a bunch of papers and for the first time printer I'd try Fomatone, Emaks, or Slavich warmtone. Kentmere Fineprint warm tone is also pretty nice, but quite different. All of these are pretty "lithy" and not too hard to control. Pretty much any warmtone paper (ex. maybe Ilford) will lith to some degree. I have no idea about the Adox, but I'd try it if I had some!

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    Here is the latest update on Tim's site. It is not complete, but probably the best rundown of paper out there:

    http://worldoflithprinting.com/news.php

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    As has been said here on APUG many, many times, you have to try different papers to find what suits your taste. If you do a search on lith papers here, you will find a lot of information. APUG is the best place to find current information on lith materials.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Nunn View Post
    As has been said here on APUG many, many times, you have to try different papers to find what suits your taste. If you do a search on lith papers here, you will find a lot of information. APUG is the best place to find current information on lith materials.
    Good point Travis. There was a Lith thread in the LF forum a while back where I learned a ton about the subject.
    "While you're out there smashing the state, don't forget to keep a smile on your lips and a song in your heart!"

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