Highlighter – Logo Slide


This is an Effects Preset that requires the Highlighter 2 set of effects, FCPX 10.4.6 or higher.

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Highlighter - Logo Slide Effects Preset

Provided as a tutorial in the use of Highlighter Effects.

Built with Highlighter Effect. Install Logo Slide effects preset (after installing Highlighter) and add it to a Basic Title. Type your text and position the text in the center of the Viewer (there are guides that will appear and you will be able to accurately position the center of the text in the center of the viewer.)

Adding an Effects Preset will add all the effects used, in order, with animations!

This preset uses: Highlighter 2 and Highlighter Transforms.



Text is always the lowest layer in the effects order.

The first effect added is Highlighter Transforms. It is used to offset the position of the text from center screen. The Position.X parameter is keyframed to animate the text from left to right. There is a Shape Mask (Effect Mask) used to limit where the text appears on screen. It is set up so that the text appears on the “gold” accent only.

There are two consecutive Highlighter 2 effects. The first creates the “gold” accent and sets its blend mode to Behind. This will make it appear behind the Text even though it is the lowest layer. The second Highlighter 2 effect creates the blue rounded rectangle design.

The “holes” cut into the design are affected by three Shape Masks (Effect Mask – not the actual Shape Mask effect) formed to cut out three smaller rectangles. A fourth Shape Mask was used to “clean” the horizontal lines and evenly align them (a technique to make the work of evening up the lines much easier than trying to align the OnScreen Controls for the mask shapes…) Its blend mode is set to Normal so that the design will cover the Basic Title text object.

The final effect added is another Highlighter Transforms effect. The Shear.X is set to 30º to create the slant effect. If you don’t want the slant effect, simply uncheck this effect in the effects list.

Have fun! Create your own design variations!

More About Effects Presets in Final Cut Pro

Effects Presets are not like most other Mac … “things” — they are hard-coded to find the Effects they use from specific Effects Categories. If those effects are moved from those locations, effects presets fail! In order to use our Highlighter Effects Presets in Final Cut Pro, you must either install the Highlighter effects in a Category named: FCPXTemplates (case sensitive) or use the following method to change its dependence on the Highlighter installation location to the category that you chose to install them into:


  • Open the Highlighter – (name).effectsPreset file in TextWrangler or BBEdit (TextEdit is not suitable for this task!)
  • Type Command-F to open the Find/Replace dialog
  • In Find, type FCPXTemplates
  • In Replace, type the name of the category you placed the Highlighter effects in (case sensitive)
  • Click the Replace All button
  • Save


TextWrangler has been abandoned, although it still works if you have it. BBEdit is available as a Free Download from BareBones.com (or the App Store) and you can use it for free forever as long as  you don’t sign up for the in-app purchases. It’s good to have around, especially if you need to dig into FCPX/Motion files.


Effects Presets from others

The Effects Presets you get from here will be set up to point to FCPXTemplates (unless otherwise specified) as the Category. If you have not been given specific instructions the following instructions will guide you to customizing your installation:

Open the *.effectsPreset file in BBEdit/TextWrangler. A shortcut, if you’re using BBEdit/TextWrangler would be to right click on the *.effectsPreset file and in the contextual menu, go to the very bottom to Services. You should find: Open in BBEdit or Open in TextWrangler from that menu. If not, you can Open With either text editor.

Type Command-F to open the Find dialog. Search for Effects.localized. Since Effects Presets can be complex combinations of effects, you will need to pay attention to which effects are actually used and note how you have those effects installed on your System. For example, everybody has the built-in Stylize > Drop Shadow effect. This effect is internally installed in FCPX and you would not want to change the category for this particular effect. Only change the Categories of those effectsPreset effects that you know you have installed.

With that in mind, keep advancing the Find results until you find the Effect whose category you need to change. Once you find an Effect you have installed, double click on the Category name, making sure that it is completely selected (you may need to extend the selection over spaces and some other characters) and type Command – E (Use Selection for Find).

Then type in the name of the Category to be used by replacement.

Click the Replace All button and Save.

You only need to change the Category names in the effectsPreset for the Effects that are not installed in the same location as indicated in the effectsPreset file. Once you have the categories synchronized, the Effects Preset will work just as if you had created it yourself.

Installing Effects Presets:

The path to install an Effects Preset is the same for *all* presets:

YourSystemDrive/Users/yourHomeFolder/Library/Application Support/ProApps/Effects Presets/

— no categories to mess with 😉

Highlighter User Guide: Highlighter 2 Effects bundle for FCPX

A Graphics Engine for FCPX

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