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PSD files missing plugin

355 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 30, 2013 11:41 AM by e2photo RSS
e2photo Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)
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Jul 29, 2013 1:38 PM

When I drag and drop a picture from Aperture that was processed through photoshop and a filter (like Nik) and it is saved as a PSD, when that image is pulled over to FCPX, I get a missing plugin message.  When I do the same process, but as a tiff it seems to be ok. 



  • James Cude Level 4 Level 4 (1,150 points)
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    Jul 29, 2013 1:43 PM (in response to e2photo)

    Correct- a TIF does not retain the plugin info outside of Photoshop whereas a PSD will. So if you want to bring stills into FCP with Filters, they need to be rendered i.e. exported to a format that flattens filters out first.

  • fox_m Level 4 Level 4 (3,325 points)
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    Jul 30, 2013 1:38 AM (in response to e2photo)

    If you need to save the filter non-destructively in your PSD, I *believe* that converting the layers with filters to Smart Objects will be "respected" in FCPX. (It's late and I don't have time to verify that.)

  • fox_m Level 4 Level 4 (3,325 points)
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    Jul 30, 2013 10:48 AM (in response to e2photo)

    Was the PSD an 8-bit RGB? I don't have any problems importing images with Smart Objects that have filters applied:


    Screen Shot 2013-07-30 at 12.42.17 PM.png

    The above contains 2 smart objects with artistic filters, masks, adjustment layers (levels, hue-saturation). All of these filters and adjustment layers are still available in the saved PSD file - nothing was rasterized. It imports into FCPX as a 2-layered PSD and each layer is individually accessible.


    Rasterizing is a "destructive" edit.


    PSDs must be 8-bit RGB mode in order to receive "full support" in FCPX.


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