Highlighter – Photo


Requires Highlighter Effect. Requires FCPX 10.4.6 or higher.

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Highlighter Photo Effects Preset

For use with Highlighter Effect.

The feature image displays the use of Highlighter – Photo on a single clip. It is generally recommended that the clip is placed over another clip or graphic as in the following:


Highlighter Photo feature 2


Not included in this effects preset is the use of Grid (effect) to layout the original shapes center screen and evenly spaced dimension. Once the shapes were drawn, Grid was deleted from the list of effects added to the video clip.

The first Highlighter 2 instance creates a slight yellow (daylight) color cast to simulate an old film camera photo.

The second effect is a Highlighter – Transforms. It is used to scale the clip to 53% and Pan the image left.

The third effect is a Highlighter 2 instance. It is used to create the image mask for the “photo”. Its blend mode is set to Stencil Alpha to make the cutout.

The fourth effect is another Highlighter 2 is used to create the photo border with the blend mode set to Behind.

The fifth effect is another Highlighter 2 is used to create the strip of tape. Basic, straightforward rectangle colored white, normal blend mode, some feathering to create an “edge” and the fill opacity is set to less than 1% and the outline opacity set to about 31%.

The last effect is a Highlighter – Transforms is used to place the effect in the Viewer’s upper right side. Use this effect to position/animate the movement of the effect.

More Info about Effects Presets

Effects Presets are not like most other Mac … “things” — they are hard-coded to find the Effects they use from specific 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 – _____.effectsPreset file in TextWrangler or BBEdit (TextEdit is not suitable)
  • 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.


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 / <Here> — no categories to mess with 😉

It is recommended that if you wish to use these effects presets, install Highlighter 2 into an Effects category named “FCPXTemplates”. Otherwise, follow the instructions in this guide:


Using Effects Presets in FCPX
Using FCPXTemplates Effects Presets













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