Edited to answer a few more questions from the comments section:
– There will be international shipping. =) UPDATE: Clean Color will be an instant download, available for anyone not living in the Huntsville, AL (or surrounding) area.
– There will instructions on how to download, load, and run actions.
– However, the video is not an in-depth tutorial for how to create, download, and run actions. Actions in my workflow are a means to an end, not the end itself. There will be web processes shown and actions included but there will not be an action for how to “save as jpeg” (as requested by Kathleen in the comments section).
– For the “full photoshop” version I’ll be working in CS5 but I’m not using any of the new features so everything I do should be compatible with any version of photoshop you’re working on. If you’d like me to name a “minimum version” I would say CS2…which is actually what I prefer to edit on because I’m used to it. But really, I think you’ll find benefit even if you’re running even older versions. For the elements version I’ll be working in PSE8 and I would recommend that you have PSE5 or higher. However, if you don’t have PSE5 or higher you will still find value in this tutorial. You just may not be able to accomplish the full range of what I do.
– I really want to release both version simultaneously and I’m still in the process of finishing the elements version and pulling together all of the additional resources that will be featured on the video. For that reason the release of both versions is still (soft) set for the end of September. Update: January 10.
– I’ll address my preference of JPEG vs. RAW on the bonus FAQ that will appear on the CD.
– If you are shooting in RAW then you’ll need to start by processing your RAW images to a neutral base level (exposure, white balance, etc.) before beginning my workflow, just as you would regularly.
– There will not be a PDF document accompanying the video but there will be plenty of other resources in the appendix. I do hear many people requesting a PDF though and I’m taking it to heart. However, I know the limits of my time and I know I cannot create a PDF at this point. It may be available in the future but not this year. Having said that, there will be a table of contents (of sorts) that will indicate the minute/second marks where individual modules start which will make it easy for you to review only certain sections of the video.
– I am a portrait/lifestyle photographer so this video really only addresses those types of images. I’m sure the information contained can be translated to landscapes but that’s not what I shoot so I won’t say that with 100% confidence.
– If you are a member of a forum or other online community and you would like to share about the release of Clean Color, go for it! I don’t plan to become a vendor or an affiliate for any of these places (at least not that I can foresee). I created Clean Color because enough of my readers asked for it and I see it as a tutorial for those who are interested in MY work and MY process. If you think you know of others who will find benefit in it then you most certainly have my blessing (and thanks!) to share about it.
– For those who asked for a before and after example, here is one that is contained in the video:
– Finally, if you are signed up for my newsletter and are still having trouble receiving it, please make sure you have clicked on the confirmation link that was sent to you in a follow up email. This may possibly be found in your spam or bulk mail folder. The confirmation link will take you back to this blog. YOU ARE CONFIRMED if that happens. Also, the newsletter itself my appear in your spam or bulk mail folder so please look there. =)
Lastly, thank you for the OVERWHELMING excitement and enthusiasm regarding the Clean Color Tutorial Video!
Tuesday afternoon I sent out a newsletter to those on my photographers mailing list (see sidebar to the right) regarding my Clean Color Tutorial Video. If you did not receive it and you signed up BEFORE last Tuesday afternoon (9 days ago) then please check your spam mailbox. You may also need to double-check that you activated your subscription using the link in the email sent to you when you subscribed (this may be in your spam box as well).
In the newsletter I invited you all to ask questions regarding the Clean Color Video. I want to be sure that you know what the video IS and what it ISN’T and I thought the easiest way to do that would be for me to answer your questions for you. So this web clip is my attempt to do this. Please ignore the following:
1) My crazy eyes and incessant blinking. I created this web clip three times. I was crazy by the second time.
2) Any repition of words, phrases or ideas. I created this web clip three times. I was crazy by the second time.
3) My lack of smiling and general seeming unfriendliness. I love you guys. But it’s past 11 and I created this web clip three times.
3) The grain, noise, and general lack of quality. I’m a photographer not a videographer. I most certainly won’t quit my day job. 😉
Just a few quick notes that I think are worth repeating in regards to the video. (and a few things I might have forgotten to mention)
– Clean Color will be a hard copy CD, not a download. There will be a version for Elements as well as full Photoshop.
– It will include everything I do in post-processing from beginning to end. It will briefly include Lightroom but only to show how I cull and sort images there.
– The CD will contain a variety of resources in addition to the Clean Color Workflow Video to include access to all of the images I work with in the video so you can play along at home, a bonus FAQ of me chatting and answering any and all questions you have for me (no holds barred), actions related to my process and an appendix with links to additional resources.
– Because the Clean Color Workflow Video is created using screenshot software you will see my screen as I work. For two hours. If you are a novice Photoshop or Elements user then you can still very much benefit from this video because you’ll be able to easily follow along as I work. Not much (if any) prior knowledge is required.
– Finally, this video is not for local photographers. I think it is to the benefit of each of us to develop and hone our own processess in order to differentiate ourselves in the local market.