Realize your artistic vision by mastering the secrets of creating digital fine prints.

Jul 22, 2024 - Jul 26, 2024

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $1495
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 8

 SOLD OUT!  Email [email protected] to be placed on a waitlist.

In this course, students learn a workflow for creating fine digital prints. The workflow includes digital processing in Adobe Photoshop and/or Lightroom, choosing a paper, printing on an inkjet printer, and handling the finished print. Digital processing and printing topics include maximizing image quality at capture, color management, sharpening and noise reduction, black & white printing, proofing, matching screen and print, and making local and global edits to color and tonality.

We will also discuss the qualities and characteristics of a fine print, many of the plethora of options for inks and papers available to today’s printers, and how best to produce a print to realize an artistic vision, including choosing the best paper for a particular project. As the week progresses, we will focus on assessing prints, judging how best to improve them, and then demonstrating how to make those improvements.

Students will work with Epson printers and will be printing primarily with Epson, Canson, and Hahnemuhle papers. Additional papers may be purchased from the Digital Service Department on campus or students may bring their own favorites.

Students who complete this workshop should consider taking Jim’s advanced printing course, Mastering the Fine Digital Print, to continue building on their printing skills and artistic vision.

Course requirements

This course requires that students use the school (Mac) computers. Students should bring files on a portable hard drive.

All images copyright Jim Nickelson.

Past student work

Charles Leverett, Penny Linn, Edward McCranie, Sherwood Samet

This Workshop is Sponsored by:

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Fine Art Washi Papers, Digital Inkjet Papers, Origami, Stationery, Papercrafts, Stationery and Washi Decor crafted in Tokushima, Japan - for Photographers, Fine Artists, and Designers. Visit to learn more.

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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.