Hawaiki Style for FCPX allows you to instantly style text & logos for an incredible variety of impressive looks. Start with one of 75 presets that you can simply drag & drop for great first-time results, then customize any of the looks to create your own style.
Hawaiki Style is the new graphic design plug-in for FCP X that allows you to instantly style text and logos for an incredible variety of great-looking professional results.
Hawaiki Style comes complete with 75 stunning preset looks that you can simply drag and drop for great first time results, or you can customise any of the looks in any way you want, or create your own awesome style from scratch.
With 5 different style modes to choose from and an amazingly versatile set of tools available in each, Hawaiki Style brings you bevels, custom contours, outlines, inner and outer strokes, inner and outer glow, drop shadow, texture overlays, erosion and much more.
Fill presets under each category give you rich and detailed instant results or you can create your own custom colors or gradients if you prefer.
And with auto-animated edge and face lighting, creating a unique and impressive style couldn't be simpler.
No other style package gives you anything like this much choice and creative freedom while still being incredibly easy to use.
Basic Operation – You can find Hawaiki Style in your FCP X Effects Browser, with the 75 preset looks arranged by design category. These include: Chrome, Distressed, Metallic, Outline, Shiny, Stone, Stylised, Synthetic, and Ultra Bevel. Simply drag any preset onto a title or logo in your timeline for an instant result, or hover over any style to see a realtime preview of the result. When you have applied the effect, you can use the controls in the Inspector to customise the look. Every preset is built on the same basic foundation, so you can modify anything you want if you simply prefer to take the preset as a starting point for your own design.
Recommended Practice – Note that Hawaiki Style is calibrated to give great results with “display text” such as main titles, featured text, and large captions. It will also work really well with featured logos that fill a large proportion of the screen.
Of course you can just as easily use it with smaller text or artwork but you might find that applying the effect (or auditioning it via the preview function) doesn't look quite right because the defaults have been calibrated to work at a larger size than you are using.
Hawaiki strongly recommends that when setting up a style, you start by making your text or artwork as big as you can in the available screen area, especially if you are working with text or artwork with lots of fine detail. Once you are happy with the style, you can use either the effect's built-in transform tools, or the Transform option in the FCP X Inspector, to reduce it to its final size. (Don't try to move the text itself as this will change the resulting look – always use the transform tools [see below].) This will ensure that you get the most detail out of your design.
Hawaiki also recommends that you center up your text or artwork vertically within the screen when setting up the design – the FCP X dynamic guides are really handy here. The reason for this that your text or artwork is actually just a cutout or window onto the background gradients and/or texture maps provided by Hawaiki Style. Vertical centering means that you will get the benefit of the gradients and other textures as they have been designed. As you move your text or artwork around the canvas you will see that you are sampling a different region of the gradient or texture – you can of course use this for creative effect, but maybe wait until you get familiar with the Hawaiki Style before you start going crazy with this kind of thing!
This is also the reason why Hawaiki recommends using the built-in or FCP X Transform tools to reposition and/or rescale your finished design – moving the text layer itself will change the design, which is usually not what you want. If you don't want to do this and you prefer to work at a smaller size, you can of course, simply scale back the values for the relevant controls but it's not the ideal way of working and it can be hard to see exactly what you're doing unless you have a really big monitor. If you do choose to scale up your text or artwork, make sure you don't make it larger than the available screen area as the result will be cropped when you reduce it.
Check your Aspect Ratio – One really important thing you need to be aware of is that FCP X expects to see a source image that is the same aspect ratio as the timeline in order to apply this kind of effect correctly. If you add the effect to a source image that is of a different aspect ratio to your timeline, you may well see the result getting cropped, even if you have set the spatial conform to fit the screen. In this instance, always make a compound clip of your artwork before applying the effect. This ensures that FCP X is presented with the aspect ratio that it is expecting and will avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Alpha Channel – You can apply the effect either to a title you have made with the FCP X Title tool, or to a piece of artwork (text or logo) that you have imported. If you are using imported artwork, you need to make sure you have an alpha channel to take care of the transparency.
If your artwork doesn't have an alpha channel, you can usually get round this by first applying the FCP X Keyer or Luma Key to derive an alpha channel and the adding Hawaiki Style on top of that.