Display Title Safe Zones In FCPX

Click the View in the top right corner of the Viewer and toggle Show Title/Action Safe Zones on or off.

In Final Cut Pro X, the boundaries are shown as yellow rectangles. Action Safe is the outer rectangle, Title Safe is the inner rectangle.

Compositing with blend modes

A layer’s blend mode can be changed from its menu on the timeline or from the Control panel. Some effects have their own blend modes and masks also have a selection of blend modes.

Each blend mode combines pixels together in a unique manner, as explained below:


The standard blend mode. Layers are not mixed at all and are simply rendered one on top of the other.


Pixel values are added together. This will usually result in a brighter resulting image. Useful for compositing light-based visual effects such as light flares, muzzle flashes and stock explosions. Adding high values together will result in white.


Retains the hue and chroma of the bottom layer and the luma of the top layer.

Color burn

Divides the inverted bottom layer by the top layer, then inverts the result.

Color dodge

Divides the bottom layer by the inverted top layer.


Compares the pixel values of each layer and retains only the darkest one, for each pixel.


Subtracts the bottom layer from the top layer. Very useful for comparing identical layers to ensure correct alignment.


Pixels are taken randomly from each layer. High opacity will cause the top layer to be given priority. Will usually result in a grainy image.


Divides the pixel values of each layer with the other layers.


Similar to Difference blending but with lower contrast.

Hard light

A combination of Multiply and Screen blend modes. Similar to Overlay but with the layers swapped.


Retains the luma and chroma of the bottom layer and the hue of the top layer.


Compares the pixel values of each layer and retains only the brightest one, for each pixel.


Retains the hue and chroma of the bottom layer and the luma of the top layer.


Multiplies the pixel values of each layer.


Combines Multiply and Screen blend modes.


Retains the luma and hue of the bottom layer and the chroma of the top layer.


The pixel values of the layers are inverted, multiplied, then inverted again. Results in a brighter picture but with more subtlety than using an Add blend. Appropriate for compositing stock elements such as smoke and glows.

Soft light

A softer version of Hard Light.


Subtracts the pixel values from each layer. If a negative value is reached, black is displayed.


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DaVinci Resolve: Toggle Pass Through On Node

(Command-P) Identical to the toggle switch in the Inspector that turns nodes off and on. Disabled nodes are ignored as image data is passed from the next previous upstream node to the next downstream node.

ON1 Photo Raw – Changing View Modes

Head to view > view mode and select which mode you want.

View mode keyboard shortcuts.

  • Thumbnail View G
  • Photo View E
  • Filmstrip View F
  • Compare View C

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