from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Delicate variations of light and shade on a photograph.
  • noun The act of one who tones, in any sense; specifically, in photography, the method or the art of tinting or coloring pictures by chemical means, to give them an agreeable tone or color; especially, the treatment of silver positive prints or transparencies in a bath which consists most commonly of a very weak solution of chlorid of gold in combination with other chemicals, to give a more pleasing color and also greater permanency to the picture.

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  • verb Present participle of tone.


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