What Major Photoshop Features Import?

Final Cut Pro lets you import multilayered Photoshop files. It is possible to import any version of Photoshop files, but only those features that work in Photoshop 3.0 features are supported. Supported features include opacity, composite modes, layer order, and layer name.

The following properties transfer correctly from Photoshop:

1. Opacity—The imported layer's opacity becomes the Opacity control in the Motion Tab.

2. Blending Modes—For Final Cut Pro, the following blend modes transfer correctly: Add, Subtract, Difference, Multiply, Screen, Overlay, Hard Light, Soft Light, Darken and Lighten. In Motion, support for blending modes is much greater.

3. Grouped Layers—Layer grouping is ignored. However, all layers, including grouped layers, are imported as individual layers.

4. Layer Set—All layers within a Layer Set are imported to individual layers.

5. Type Layers—Type is rasterized.

6. Shape Layers—Shape Layers are rasterized.

7. Solid Color Fill Layers—Solid Color Fill Layers are brought in as a graphic with a full screen opaque alpha channel.

8. Gradient Fill Layers—Gradient Fill Layers are preserved upon import.

9. Pattern Fill Layers—Pattern Fill Layers import.

When importing a multilayered Photoshop document, Final Cut Pro creates a new sequence. All of the layers of the Photoshop file are composited together. The sequence uses a frame size identical to the imported file's frame size.

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