Mastering the Fine Art Digital Print

Chris Grunder

Chris Grunder 
12 Sessions » Mondays, September 8–December 1
(no session September 15) 
7:30–10:30 pm | Studio 20A | $480

Prerequisite: A working understanding of Mac OS X.

The photographic print is no less important in the digital age than it was when silver gelatin ruled the darkroom. Despite greater automation, the process can seem just as daunting. This 12-week course will demystify that process as students develop the skills needed to produce fine art–quality prints. We will explore advanced software tools including Adobe Bridge, Adobe Photoshop, and X-Rite i1 with the intent of simplifying color management and workflow on the way to creating the “perfect print.” Class time will be split between directed tutorials and hands-on printing with top-of-the-line Epson pigment printers. Students will be required to supply their own paper, but will be walked through the multistep process of deciding which papers best suit their images. 

“Chris was terrific. He provided a lot of extra materials that were very helpful and gave depth to my understanding. In fact, I was intimidated by Photoshop and printing and Chris demystified it completely. Chris was always available for questions and extra instruction if needed. He is a great natural wealth of information and when he did not have an answer he would research and find it out by the next class. He is so good. I would love to take this class a second time.” –Mastering the Fine Art Digital Print student, 2013

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Chris Grunder is an artist living and working in San Francisco. He received his BA in history and art history in 2007 from the University of Washington and his MFA in photography from San Francisco Art Institute. He has worked as a freelance retoucher, digital technician, and fine art printer since 2008. His own work has been exhibited widely in the Bay Area, including shows at Some Thing Spacious, Oakland; double Bread (dB), San Francisco; and the de Young Museum, San Francisco.


Chris Grunder
Black Mesa State Park, OK, 2014
Archival pigment print
10 x 15 inches
Courtesy of the artist