[This is an excerpt from a recent online training: Create Better Effects Using Blend Modes in Final Cut Pro X, which you can download from our store. You can also access all our Final Cut Pro X training by becoming a Video Training Library subscriber.]
Blend modes, which Final Cut Pro 7 called “composite modes,” combine images based upon their gray-scale or color values. Which sounds weird until you start to play with it. Think of blend modes as “sharing textures between images.” What makes blend modes so exciting is that they are easy to apply, yet open up a world of creative possibilities.
In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan illustrates one of his favorite blend mode effects: enhancing landscape shots using gradients to boost details in the sky and bring the foreground to life. Photographers often create the same effect in camera using a “grad filter.”
TRT: 3:43 — MPEG-4 HD movie
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