For many years, I've printed more than 90% of my negatives on VC paper without filtration. So graded paper seemed the natural way to go...

Due to my inexperience with LF developing I now find that many of the big negatives require something other than grade 2, but I still use graded paper - mostly in grade 2.

The way I have found of doing this is by developing heavily overexposed paper in highly dilute developer - lith printing is only one version of this. It is very important that the developer contains only one single developing agent, otherwise everything is lost.

I find that I can print negatives which would be suitable for alternative processes on just about any paper in this way - one negative that is too contrasty for van Dyke gives beautiful results on Fortezoo grade 3!