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 creative pursuits range from work in graphic design and new media, to experiments in painting and sculpture. He is an avid artist and designprofessional, and has taught fine art and multimedia courses in both workshop and college environments.

A senior-level graphic artist with extensive experience in the digital printing and book design, David has worked in the various sectors of this industry for over 15 years. Starting out as an operator of printing and binding equipment, his work in graphic design gradually took focus, leading him to new experiences in design, creative direction, and project management. He is the former Art Director for Custom Museum Publishing and Maine Authors Publishing, where he served a wide array of partners and clients: ranging from high-end galleries in New York, to non-profit organizations and museums throughout Maine; from well-known celebrities, to local, self-published authors. 

He is a an active visual artist in midcoast Maine, regularly showing his artwork in invitational group and solo exhibitions, including venues, such as: the CMCA, the Farnsworth Art Museum, University of Maine, Asymmetrick Arts, and Fort Knox. A prolific painter with an equal hand in sculpture and installations, human relations with the environment often serve as a point of departure in David’s work, and abandoned spaces and post-industrial detritus are frequently central elements. He was recognized in Maine Home and Design’s Annual Art Issues of 2017 and 2012. 

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

Course Dates

Oct 1 to Oct 7



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