A newly processed 8x10 photo consists of a layer of wet developing paste, sandwiched between a negative and a transparent sheet. In this wet condition the photo oxidizes and it develops and alters further. To keep the print stable, it’s necessary to stop this development process.

The quickest and safest way to get any humidity out of the print is to separate the positive and the negative sheets. This effectively stops any chemical reaction within the print and prevents the photo from altering or shifting in color.

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