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Papier salé

The light causes the silver chloride to break down into orange-brown metallic silver. The image has a matte appearance in naturally warm shades.

Once the image has been formed, it is fixed in a solution of sodium thiosulfate, which dissolves the residual sensitized salts, then washed. Toning, generally with gold, may be performed as an intermediate step to alter the tone of the image – with cooler tones ranging from warm brown to black-brown, black or sepia depending on the recipe – and improve stability.

Salted paper was immensely successful in Europe, particularly in France, from the 1840s to the 1860s. From 1850, binders began to be added to the salting bath to improve contrast and definition in the image and obtain a wider range of tones. The most commonly added substances – gelatin, albumen, and starch – lent their names to these variants, which gradually eclipsed the "ordinary" plain salted paper process to be replaced with albumen salted paper prints, gelatin salted paper prints, and starch salted paper prints.

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