Utilize Lightroom’s Blurb feature to quickly and effectively design your book!

Jun 15, 2021 - Jun 24, 2021
Sep 7, 2021 - Sep 16, 2021
Nov 2, 2021 - Nov 11, 2021

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $295
Class Size: 15 (max)

NOTE: This Course will be Held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform.
Meets 4 half-days – Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:00am-1:00pm ET for two weeks

Students will need to have Adobe Lightroom installed on their home computers. 

There are a lot of online platforms for self-publishing, but the Blurb plug-in for Lightroom stands out as a great option, especially for photographers. Blurb offers many styles, papers, and bindings, allowing students to create affordable, high quality, image heavy publications ranging from editioned photo books, to exhibition catalogs and family photo albums.

Participants in this workshop will use the Book Module, (Blurb plug-in in Adobe Lightroom) to design an image-driven book. (First time users of Lightroom are recommended to take the 2day introductory course to learn how to incorporate Lightroom into their workflow to catalog and edit their photo collection.) Through lectures and group discussions will investigate traditional and contemporary book designs and layouts for inspiration and context, while also covering the essentials of Lightroom workflow for Blurb to provide students with the skills to execute their vision.

Students should bring a rough edit of digital images they hope to include in the book. Part of the course will be dedicated to editing and sequencing images into a meaningful narrative. Students will also learn how to choose typography, layouts, paper, and bindings that suit the concept of their book for a cohesive and engaging design.

Computer literacy and working knowledge of Lightroom Classic is required. Lightroom’s Book Module works best for fairly simple, image-driven books. For complex and highly customizable layouts that feature longer manuscripts we suggest either the InDesign: Digital Design for Publication or InDesign: Advanced Projects courses.

Students must have Adobe Lightroom installed on their home computers. Various subscription options including month-to-month billing, are available on Adobe’s website.

Image:  Kara Birnbaum,  Header Image:  Amanda Piela

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Instructor: David Allen

David is a seasoned designer with over 15 years of experience in digital printing, art direction, and book design. In 2018 he founded Render, (renderpublications.com) a design and publication company dedicated to meeting the needs of small business and nonprofits. David has taught fine art and multimedia courses in art centers, professional workshops, and colleges. Also a practicing artist, he shows regularly in invitational, group, and solo exhibitions; his work was recognized in Maine Home and Design’s Annual Art Issues of 2017 and 2012.