• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL

Lesson 15. Adding Titles and Graphics > Editing Multilayered Graphics

Editing Multilayered Graphics

When you import a graphic file that has layers, Final Cut Pro detects this and creates a new sequence in which it can display those layers. In this exercise, you will import a multilayered Photoshop file of the 5th Dragon logo, insert it beneath the curl in the group on podium clip, and change the graphic to make it fit in the space.

To import a graphic directly into the Graphics bin, Ctrl-click the Graphics bin and choose Import > Files from the shortcut menu. In the Choose A File window, navigate to the FCP5 Book Files > Media > Graphics folder, and select the image named Logo LAYERS.psd. Click Choose.

A new sequence icon appears in the Graphics bin with the name of the graphic file.

Double-click the Logo LAYERS.psd sequence to open it in the Timeline.

Each Photoshop image layer is placed on a separate track so you can access or change individual layers. Since there is only video in a graphic file, the audio/video dividing line is automatically repositioned in the sequence to display just the video tracks. The default duration of all layers is 10 seconds, as it is with other still images.

You edit a multilayered graphic into a sequence as though it were a source clip.

Click the Adding Text – Starting sequence tab. Make sure the v1 source control is patched to the V1 destination track. To superimpose the graphic over the group on podium clip, position the playhead over the group on podium clip, drag the Logo LAYERS.psd sequence from the Browser into the Canvas window, and drop it on the Superimpose section of the Edit Overlay.

In the Timeline, the layers are nested together in a single clip.

To see the graphic beneath the corner curl, hold down Shift and drag the group on podium clip up to the V3 track, above the graphic. To bring the two clips back down to the V1 and V2 tracks, select both clips, and press Option-down arrow.


You can use Option-up arrow or Option-down arrow to move one or more clips vertically in the Timeline, as long as no other clips block the move.

Play these clips.

Because the graphic is full-screen, you don't see it in the lower-right corner.

Select the Logo LAYERS.psd clip. Toggle on the Image+Wireframe mode, and the Title Safe overlay. Resize and position this clip until you see most of the graphic appear in the lower-right corner within the title safe area.

With the graphic positioned in the corner, you may see some additional adjustments that would improve this effect. For example, turning off the graphic's blue background might make the overall effect more interesting. You would make this change on the individual graphic layer.

In the Timeline, double-click the Logo LAYERS.psd clip.

This opens the Photoshop file with the individual layers. Here you can toggle off visibility for a track, add additional tracks, or resize individual tracks.

In the Logo LAYERS.psd sequence, toggle off visibility for the V1 track. Click the Adding Text – Starting sequence tab to see the difference.

Toggle off the Image+Wireframe mode and the Title Safe overlay.



Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial

  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint