Explore the full realm of book making and self-publishing with Lightroom.

The world of online publishing offers an exciting myriad of options for artists. The  tools and technology are readily available to create self-published materials from exhibition catalogs to portfolios and books. Publishing has never been so easy. From the enthusiastic beginner to the established artist, learn how you can create a book in your own vision in the comfort of your own space.

Participants in this workshop will discover and explore the creative possibilities of bookmaking and learn the dynamic tools that Lightroom has to offer in self-publishing.  We will investigate traditional and contemporary design and layout, cover the essentials of workflow and color management, and examine books for inspiration.

In addition to learning the software, participants study and explore the full realm of bookmaking including editing, sequencing, layouts, text, dust jackets and paper options. By weeks end, participants upload their new book ready for ordering from Blurb. Students are to bring a "rough edit" of digital images they wish to have made into a book. 

Computer literacy and basic Lightroom and/or Photoshop skills are not required but benefical.  We will spend 1-2 days covering Lightroom as an image processing tool and then will spend the rest on layout/design/color management.


Computer literacy and basic Lightroom and/or Photoshop skills are required.


David Allen

A graduate from Goddard College’s MFA program, David’s interests range from graphic design and new media, to painting and sculpture. 

He is a practicing artist: a prolific painter with a taste for sculpture, installations, and environments that utilize elements of new media. He has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout Maine and his work is regularly shown at Asymmetrick Arts in Rockland, Maine.  His work revolves around the topics of sense of place.

David initially earned his B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Maine, Orono, where he was introduced to the field of new media.  Since that time he has taught fine art and multimedia courses in both workshop and college environments.

In addition to his teaching experience, David has spent a number of years in the digital print industry, (as machine operator, graphic designer, and production manager) David now serves as Art Director for Custom Museum Publishing in Rockland, Maine, where he exercises his talent for custom design/illustration through the development of effective marketing products for a diverse clientele that ranges from self-publishing authors to prominent museums and galleries.

David lives in Appleton, Maine with his wife Ruth and daughters Elana and Izraelle.


Course Dates

Oct 1 to Oct 7



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