Fundamentals of Digital Printing

with Cotton Miller

October 2 – 30, 2024

Wednesdays; 9:30 – 11:30 am (Mountain Time)
  • Tuition $595.00
Other Dates:
May 29 – June 26, 2024
Wednesdays; 9:30 – 11:30 am (Mountain Time)

Course Description

Making fine-art digital prints in your home office or studio is easier than ever. Desktop printing technology has come a long way, and so has the software we use to create and process our images. But the underlying principles remain the same: these are tools that can be varied according to each individual artist’s needs, from budget to image type and end usage.

In this new online workshop, Santa Fe Workshops master printer Cotton Miller familiarizes you with the fundamentals of digital printmaking. Cotton details the basic workflow and then introduces more technical elements as the workshop progresses. Each session covers important aspects of home printing, providing a crucial foundation for optimizing output using the best combinations of printer and paper.

In addition to examining key concepts like color management and settings that ensure consistent results, we also explore new and advanced image-processing tools in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Each participant is given the opportunity to schedule two one-on-one Zoom sessions with Cotton to discuss their own artistic needs and concerns.

As you find yourself confidently working with Lightroom and Photoshop, you develop not only a stronger understanding of digital printing technical concepts but also a better idea of why, exactly, you make the specific processing choices that transform your ideas into lovely prints.

Additional Information

All are welcome
What You Should Know:

No prior printing experience required.

Special Notes:

Class will meet 9:30 – 11:30 am (Mountain Time) on Wednesdays starting October 2 and ending October 30 (five online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 10 participants.

Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.

Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.


View Withdrawal and Transfer Policies for online programs.

For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Applications, Digital Printing, Technical
© Cotton Miller
Cotton Miller

Cotton Miller received his MFA in Photography & New Media in 2013 from Lesley University College of Art and Design, in Boston. In addition to being honored by The Boston Globe as one of six artists to watch in 2013, he had multiple exhibits in Boston and has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association in 2007.

Cotton is the Web Manager for Santa Fe Workshops and does web consultation projects for a variety of artists. He has designed websites for Nevada Wier, Christopher James, Alison Wright, Elizabeth Opalenik, and Santa Fe Workshops. Cotton’s personal work combines traditional printing methods with digital, alternative process, mixed media, and multimedia. He worked as a master printer for Blazing Editions in Providence and Cotton was a research assistant for The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes (third edition) by Christopher James. Cotton collaborates with many artists for not only web design, but also digital retouching, graphic design, exhibition design, exhibition production, and printing fine art editions.

Instagram: @cottonmiller

Fundamentals of Digital Printing
with Cotton Miller
October 2 – 30, 2024

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