CREDIT: Tim Daly

Photobook Design with Affinity Publisher

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Fully Booked.

Limited 10 participants.

This brand-new course is delivered online and provides an introduction to the creative potential of Affinity Publisher. Suitable for a beginner or those who would value a recap, this course shows you how to use Affinity Publisher, a budget desktop publishing application and viable alternative to InDesign. If you’re thinking of submitting a high-quality photobook to the RPS, this is an ideal course for you. Tim will provide you with sample files linked to the techniques, so you can practice during or after the workshop. No experience necessary!

The course uses Affinity Publisher software for both Mac and Windows PC users.

The workshop is run using Zoom video conferencing software and you will be able to watch and interact with your tutor during each topic presentation and ask questions throughout the day. All notes and sample files are provided to you before the event starts, together with tips on how to use Zoom, if you’ve never used it before.

We encourage you to share questions and work in progress images with other delegates, although this is entirely optional.

10.00 Outline schedule

Welcome and outline of the day

Topic 1: Getting started. In this introduction we’ll learn how to set up the application and look at the most useful tools to use. We’ll explore important preferences and colour settings how to best prepare our photobook assets including images and text and look at a case study from start to finish using Blurb as a chosen book printer.

Topic 2: Master pages and building your book. In this second session we’ll learn how to devise grids, templates and master pages to make our photobook more coherent. We’ll build our photobook while learning how to use precise tools for cropping, image placement and layout.

13.00 Lunch break

Topic 3: Layout and typesetting. In this section, we’ll learn how to control images, type and text for your photobook. Using Affinities intuitive controls, you’ll learn how to make short and long passages of text more stylish and readable at the same time. We’ll look at colours and borders together with guides and previews.

Topic 4: Fine tuning and PDF creation. In the final part of the day, we’ll learn how to fine tune your layout and outline the importance of the proof-reading process. We’ll learn about pre-flight checks and how to create the final PDF for sending to your chosen printing service such as Blurb.

Recap of the day

16.00 End



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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.

"Excellent workshop; comprehensive introduction to getting started.  Highly recommended" Participant Feedback

Image: Tim Daly

Event Organiser

Emma Delves-Broughton


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