… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #379: Change Gradient Colors

Fonts don’t need to be white. You have LOTS of options.

The gradient color picker for text in Apple Final Cut Pro X.

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This Tip is an excerpt from a longer Apple KnowledgeBase discussion of gradients.

Normally, text in a title or generator has only one color – and the default is white. However, you can replace the solid color with a gradient, then change the colors of the gradient. We have LOTS of options. Here’s how.

  • Select the text clip.
  • Select the text you want to modify in either the Inspector or the Viewer.
  • In the Text Inspector, scroll down and show Face.
  • Change Fill with to Gradient.
  • Twirl down the arrow next to Gradient to reveal the gradient color picker.
  • The top white bar represents opacity over time. Generally, leave that alone.
  • Click one of the color squares at the bottom to select it.
  • Either click the color chip, or the arrow next to the color chip, to display a color picker (there are two different options, depending upon where you click).
  • To add another color to the gradient, click once in the thin horizontal color bar.
  • Drag a color square to change the gradient.

Once you start playing, you’ll discover all kinds of things you can do with this gradient color tool.


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