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Design and Develop a Photobook with Tim Daly

Event info

This course teaches you how to develop your photographic project into an eye-catching photobook. During the one-day course we look at great examples of photobooks based on travel, landscape and documentary themes. We will explore different formats, shapes, paper types and discuss a wide range of DIY and commercial printing services available. We will also look at low-tech methods for creating prototype books, or dummies, so you can reflect on your sequence and layout ideas while keeping costs to a minimum.

Ideal for those with little or no design experience, the course will show you how to design effective layouts for images and text, arranging and sequencing your content, image file preparation and PDF workflows for commercial printing. The course will be led by Tim Daly and held on Windows PC laptops.

Day schedule

Classic photobooks to inspire you

Overview of different book types, formats, bindings, covers, print types and papers. How to develop your book concept into a design concept.

Printing methods and book printing services

We will explore a wide range of different printing options including DIY inkjet and bookbinding, zine format, digital c-type lookbook, laser printing (photocopier), Print on Demand such as Blurb, Lulu and CEWE, together with binding and finishing options.

12.30-13.15 Lunch

Accurate colour control in Lightroom & Photoshop

Image file preparation; using profiles; soft proofing and editing techniques to get the best out of commercial book printing services.

Type essentials

Developing a cover design, title page, chapter heading, captions using sensitive type styling.

PDF preparation

Learn how to export and prepare your finished file for commercial printing.

Printing thumbnail spreads to make simple book dummies.

Please Bring: A USB stick or portable hard drive with some of your own images. JPEG files are fine for the workshop.

A packed lunch or use local facilities.

Apple Mac users: Please check the format of your USB stick/ external drive before you attend the course, as it may not be compatible with our Windows PC laptops. Only USB sticks or portable hard drives that have been formatted as ExFat/ MS-DOS/Fat32 format can be shared by both Windows PC’s and Apple Mac computers. If you wish to use your own Mac for the course please let us know before you attend.

About the Tutor: Dr Tim Daly is Senior Lecturer in Photography at Chester University.

His specialist subjects are photography production and artist's publishing. Tim teaches on all levels of the BA Photography programme with special responsibility for practice based modules, and also contributes to the MA Fine Art programme. Tim has had many photography books published, and has been teaching RPS workshops for a number of years.

Address: The Royal Photographic Society, RPS House, 337 Paintworks, Arnos Vale, Bristol, BS4 3AR

Please visit  to help plan your trip. Please be aware that the car park in the Paintworks on a weekday is limited to three hours.  Weekends, and evenings after 6pm are unlimited.

Bristol Temple Meads is a 30-minute walk to Paintworks.

Buses running from Bristol Temple Meads to Paintworks are: 1, 178, 349 or the X39, but please check before leaving.

A Park & Ride service is available from Brislington Park & Ride. More information can be found at  

Local Parking

If you need to bring your car and don’t want to use the Park and Ride Buses, you can book a place to park at a nearby supermarket using this link

You can also park all-day for £5 at Arnos Manor.  Visitors will need to go to the hotel reception to purchase a ticket to display on their windscreen. 

Event Organiser

Emma Delves-Broughton


Venue Information

Wheelchair Access


Cancellation policy

Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another workshop less than 14 days prior to course start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel a workshop 7 days prior to its start date - please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected.

If you are attending one of our workshops that involves a trip out, please ensure you bring all weather clothing and protection for your camera. Persons under the age of 16 are welcome to attend events but, to conform with UK law, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.


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337-340 Paintworks

Arnos Vale



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