In Photoshop, I have prepared a scene to be animated in FCPX. I just selected a part of the clouds and copied into a separate layer, with 10px feather to avoid rough edges. However, when I import the same PSD into FCPX, the feather becomes a black halo. Anyone know how to fix this? See examples below: Photoshop enter image description here

  • Do the layers maybe use a certain blending mode in Photoshop which is not supported in FCPX? – Saaru Lindestøkke Apr 14 '14 at 11:41

As Final Cut Pro is not made by Adobe, it does not have the same exact processing engine for dealing with the effects in a PSD. This appears to be an artifact of the difference in processing between the systems.

To work around this, I would recommend exporting the components as TGA or some similar file format that has alpha support. Simple alpha blending is far more likely to blend in a predictable manner between applications.

  • Thanks AJ. I'm not using any special blend mode in the PS files, so I was just guessing that this problem would happen for many when importing PSD files to FCPX (which is promoted as a new feature). I managed to work around it by exporting layers individually as PNGs, but that's a more cumbersome workflow. – RipperDoc Apr 30 '14 at 1:40

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