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Lith Toning

Lith prints are created in the darkroom.

They're high contrast, and are largely black-and-white.

However, areas are colored with pink or orange.

Go to Tim Rudman.

Albumen Toning

Albumen prints, invented in 1850, were popular until the 1890s.

Albumen prints have a warm brown color.

Go to Albumen Print and Albumen Print.

Get Started

If you haven't already done so, do the Preparation described in the first toning section.

Digital Lith Toning

There are many ways to simulate a lith print with Photoshop Elements.

Here's one.

1) Select the Background copy layer.

2) Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.

3) Select Colorize.

In 6.0 & 7.0, Colorize is located in the bottom right corner.

In 8.0, Colorize is located in the bottom middle.

4) Adjust the Hue slider to select a overall tone for the print.

Try 350.

5) Adjust the Saturation slider, if needed.

6) Select the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.

As mentioned, lith prints have high contrast.

7) Create a Levels adjustment layer.

8) Adjust the shadow slider, and highlights slider, toward the center to increase the contrast.

If the color changes when you do so, change the blending mode for the Levels adjustment layer from Normal to Luminosity.

At the top of the layers stack, look for the unlabeled Blending Mode box.

It's to left of the Opacity box.

The Blending Mode box probably has Normal inside.

Lith prints may have lots of grain.

9) If needed, go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise.

This will make the image look grainy.

Go to Add Noise.

Here's another method.

Use Two Layers to Create More Contrast

This section was adapted from a tutorial by Tim Daly.

1) Select the Background copy layer.

2) Go to Enhance > Adjust Color > Adjust Hue/Saturation, or press Ctrl + u.

3) Adjust the Hue slider to select a overall tone for the print.

Try 350.

4) Adjust the Saturation slider, if needed.

5) Make sure the Background copy layer is active (highlighted).

6) Copy the Background copy layer—twice.

Press Ctrl + j—two times.

7) Rename the two new layers.

Background copy 3, on top, becomes High Contrast.

Background copy 2, below, becomes Low Contrast.

8) Make sure the High Contrast layer is active (highlighted).

9) Go to Enhance > Adjust Light > Adjust Levels, or press Ctrl + L.

10) In the Levels window, drag the shadows slider and the highlights slider toward the middle, to increase the contrast.

11) Make sure the Low Contrast layer is active (highlighted).

12) Go to Enhance > Adjust Light > Adjust Levels, or press Ctrl + L.

13) In the Levels window, drag the midtones slider to the left, to lower the contrast.

14) Make sure the High Contrast layer is active (highlighted).

15) Change the blending mode for High Contrast layer from Normal to Softlight.

Blending Mode?

At the top of the layers stack, look for the unlabeled Blending Mode box.

It's to the left of the Opacity box.

q

If you're new to blending modes, go to Blending Modes.

Digital Albumen Toning

This section was adapted from a tutorial by Tim Daly.

1) Go to Enhance > Adjust Color > Adjust Color for Skin Tone.

2) Click on your image

3) Adjust the three sliders in the Adjust Color for Skin Tone window.

Tan ranges from yellow to brown.

Blush controls the saturation of pinks.

Temperature ranges from blue to red, cool to warm.