I am closing the case of lith printing today. As I am writing a small manual of alternative printing processes, and there were just a few things that needed checking, I made a few more prints from digital negatives. I was trying Moersch Easy Lith developer this time, with different dilutions and developing times. With the Moersch chemicals it seems that starting lith printing is quite straightforward and fun… the instructions following the chemicals are clear and simple, and by following them there really shouldn’t be a reason why not succeed right from the first prints.

The first prints in a freshly mixed lith developer normally don’t look anything special, the developer has to age a little bit. I made a couple of “aging prints” on the Silverprint Proof VC glossy paper, a budget price RC paper. They actually looked quite nice warm tone prints — even without the lith effect.

A print on Silverprint Proof VC paper, developed with Moersch Easy Lith developer, dilution A 2oml + B 20ml + water 1000ml.

Gradually, as the developer ripened more, I got some quite lovely pink, red and yellow highlight tones, while the shadows developed coarse and funky lith grain. I used Fomatone and Forte papers with Moersch Easy Lith developer and Lith Omega for stronger highlight colors.

Jalo Porkkala: The Power Station, lith print.
Paper: Forte PW FB, developer: Easy Lith 8 min. + Lith Omega 4 min.

Jalo Porkkala: The West Pier, lith print.
Paper: Forte PW FB, developer Easy Lith 10 min.