Guided by Jim Nickelson, learn the best practices for taking your photographs and other artwork to a handmade artist book format, covering the process of digital editing, selecting paper types and printing options.

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Jim Nickelson digital printing for digital books with a multitude of printed books on laid out on a table.

Jim Nickelson is the author of “Fine Art Inkjet Printing: The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print” and a longtime faculty member at Maine Media.

This specialized spring edition of Jim’s regular full-length and in-depth workshop will be slightly truncated and refocused to digital printing for handbook making. Jim was a book artist in residence at Maine Media in 2019 and used his expertise to create “Annals of the Former World”, a digitally printed and hand-bound book.

Image by Jim Nickelson

Working in the Maine Media digital labs with Adobe Creative Suite programs: InDesign, Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom and others if needed, you will learn best practices for taking your photographs and other artwork to book format amid a myriad of paper and printing options. We will explore different coated and uncoated papers, protective sprays, double-sided printing, and other considerations relevant to the handmade artist book.

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Recommended workshops & reading

This workshop is a great companion opportunity to “The Artful Book” workshops by Richard Reitz Smith and a good next step after taking David Allen’s InDesign workshops.

Jim’s book Fine Art Inkjet Printing: The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print is an introductory guide to Inkjet printers. Readers get an inside look at hardware considerations for Epson and Canon printers, color management processes from camera to software, and image capturing tips that make post-processing easier.

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Instructor: Jim Nickelson

Based in Camden, Maine, Jim works as a fine art photographer, custom digital printer (as Nickelson Editions), bookmaker, and teacher. Before committing himself to the photographic life, he pursued the classic artistic career path of NASA engineer and corporate attorney (with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Univ. of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Harvard Law School).

Jim has received numerous awards, including being honored as Artist-in-Residence at Acadia National Park, Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona, the Baer Art Center in Iceland, and the book arts studio at Maine Media Workshops + College. Jim has exhibited widely, and his work resides in museum, corporate, university, public, and private collections across the United States and Canada.