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  Silver Printing Process Steps Using Fixxons SilverX - Digital Negative Film

    Fixons SilverX - Digital negative film is for anyone wanting to make black and white silver prints,  

    without the hassles of traditional projected negatives

   1.  Take the photos (any form; RAW or Jpeg in the camera).

   2.  Download into Photoshop.

   3.  Have the image as a 16-bit RGB file.

   4.  Image-adjust-channel mixer-monochrome (this keeps the RGB values but makes it  a B/W image.

   5.  Fine-tune the image on screen so that it has all the correct values visually;

        edit, crop, set the tones so the image looks good.

   6.  In Photoshop adjust-invert the image (makes it negative).

   7.  Adjust the file size to fit the need (must be at least 300 dpi) and the desired final print size for

       contact printing (example; 8x10, 11x14, 16x20 etc.) Make sure the transparency material

       (Fixxons SilverX) is the correct size for printing.

   8.  Set printing as follows: (this is for Epson)

         a. Glossy Photo 170 thickness

         b. Highest quality

         c. Automatic (printer manages colors)

         d. Correct size

   9.  Print the negative image

  10.  Allow to dry properly (to prevent moisture between image and glass).

  11.  Make sure the light source is even, across the entire image field.

        (preferably use an enlarger, raised high enough).

  12.  Place negative ink UP on top of the silver-halide paper, cover with glass or use a contact print frame.

  13.  You can use any RC or any Fiber paper; your choice; the negative will work with them.

  14.  Set the lens f-stop between f8 and f16; your preference.

  15.  If you have a VC head, you can set the contrast at neutral to start.

  16.  Make a test strip at 2-second increments to determine proper exposure.

  17.  Develop the paper using your preferred darkroom chemistry to see what time gives best results.

  18.  You can use a VC filter for added contrast if needed and run another test strip.

  19.  Once you find the best combination of time and filtration, make the final sized print,

        using your preferred darkroom chemistry, timing and finishing techniques.

  20. Thank you

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