Today a new ProShadow Lesson was announced from Pixel Film Studios for Final Cut Pro X.

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Final Cut Pro X Developers have released a new lesson for the ProShadow plugin from Pixel Film Studios.

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The quality of a professional editor is one who maximizes workload while saving time. Tools like ProShadow gives the editor the right tool to get the job done quickly

Motion Graphics artist at Pixel Film Studios have announced the release of a new tutorial for the ProShadow plugin designed exclusively for Final Cut Pro X.

“ProShadow gives professionals a fun way to add shadows to objects in a users video project in just a few clicks.” Said Christina Austin, CEO of Pixel Film Studios. “The quality of a professional editor is one who maximizes workload while saving time. Tools like ProShadow gives the editor the right tool to get the job done quickly.”

Learn to create a long shadow effect in Final Cut Pro X with the ProShadow Lesson from Pixel Film Studios. Users can create their own stylized icon, or choose from over 50 long shadow presets. Adjust opacity, color, length, feather, blur, angle, and more. With ProShadow the long shadow effect has never been so fun and easy to do all with in Final Cut Pro X.

ProShadow allows Final Cut Pro X users to add a long shadow effect to their text or logos. This effect has become a popular style in contemporary interface and icon designs.

In the ProShadow Lesson users are instructed to drag a Background Color or Texture layer into the timeline. Then select and drag a text, number or image preset above the background layer. For example, the user will create an icon by using the Drop Zone preset, Go to FCPX media library and select a PNG image to use as an icon. Drag the image into the timeline beneath the title layers and make it the same length. Select the top title layer in the timeline. Then, click on the Drop Zone placeholder in the FCPX Inspector. Click on the image in the timeline, and click the blue "Apply Clip" button in the FCPX Viewer window. Once the image is in the Drop Zone, the user can discard it by deleting or disabling it in the timeline by pressing “V” on your keyboard.

Now the user is set up to customize the look of the long shadow. They will be instructed to select the Drop Zone layer in the timeline. Then go to the FCPX Inspector window. Use the Drop Zone controls to change the scale, position, rotation and color of the image. FCPX editors can also move and rotate your icon with the on-screen controls. Once the image is in place, the Long Shadow controls section of the Inspector. Set the color, length, fade, blur and angle of your shadow. For older versions of Final Cut Pro X, users may need to double click the refresh button in the Inspector window once finishing changes made. This will tell Final Cut Pro X to re-render the long shadow.

Now it's time for some Final Touches. Users will animate the angle of our shadow to give the illusion that the light source is moving. Move the playhead to the front of the title layers in the timeline. Then, use the on-screen controls to orient the shadow to the desired starting point. Now place a key frame on the “Shadow Angle” parameter. Move the playhead to the end of the title layer. Finally, use the on-screen control to rotate the Shadow around to its final orientation. Since the already applied key frame to this parameter, it will auto key frame any changes made.

Established in 2006, Aliso Viejo, California-based Pixel Film Studios is an innovative developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast community. Their products are integrated with popular non-linear editing and compositing products from Apple FCPX. All Apple, the Apple logo, Mac OS X, and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

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