Support Page for Shadow Type

1. Using Shadow Type with a Graphic or Logo



1. Using Shadow Type with a Graphic or Logo

Shadow Type comes with a special title for use with graphics and logos. Any part of your graphic that has transparency will cast Shadow Type’s distinctive shadow. For graphics with transparency you will want to be working with a PNG or PSD file.

You can use graphics of any size, but for best results prepare your artwork with a transparent background in an imaging app like Photoshop. Your Photoshop canvas should ideally have dimensions of 1920 x 1080 pixels, the standard dimensions for HD video. If you only want your logo to take up a certain part of the screen you can size it down and have the remainder of the canvas transparent.

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When your graphic is ready, import it to the FCPX Event Library.

Open the Titles browser and locate the Shadow Type category from the list on the left. Add the title called “Drop Zone” to your timeline. Click the “Drop Zone” title to select it and position your playhead in the middle of it’s duration on your timeline.

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Open the Inspector (Command-4) and at the top of the inspector make sure “Title” is selected, and not “Video” or “Info”.

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In the Inspector there is a Drop Zone well.

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Click it, and when prompted, select your graphic from the Event Library. Click the “apply” button to seal the deal.

If the graphic is too large you can resize it with the “Drop Zone Size” parameter located under the Drop Zone well in the Inspector. You can also reposition the graphic with the “Drop Zone Pan” parameters, also located under the Drop Zone Well.

By default the Drop Zone title is set to tint your graphic. You can adjust the color of the tint with the “Tint Drop Zone” color picker at the bottom of the inspector. Alternatively, you can deselect the “Tint Drop Zone” checkbox and display your graphic with its original colors.

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