Tip #382: Stacking Order Makes a Difference

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Tip #382: Stacking Order Makes a Difference

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Effects process from top to bottom

Two effects are applied to this clip: On the left, Sepia on top, Border under. On the right, the order is reversed.

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Whether you use Adobe Premiere or Apple Final Cut, the stacking order of your effects makes a difference. Let me illustrate.

In this screen shot, the clip has two effects applied: Sepia and Border. On the left side, Sepia is above the border. So the image is first colorized, then the cyan border is added.

With the image on the right, the Border is on top. This means that the border is added, then both border and image are converted from full-color to Sepia.

If you apply more than one effect to a clip, remember that effects process from top to bottom. You can see the order of your effects in the Inspector (Final Cut) or Effect Controls panel (Premiere).

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2 replies
    • Larry Jordan
      Larry Jordan says:


      It depends upon what you are doing. I would probably put it last, but try changing the stacking order and see if it makes a difference.



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