The Joe's Soft Gradients plugin is a part of Joe's Filters, a shareware package
of utility and image processing tools for Final Cut Pro.
What it does
Joe's Soft Gradient is something of a combination of Joe's
Soft Spot and Joe's Gradients.
The filter blends a blurred image into the original through a user defined gradient mask.
This plugin can also be used to create partial diffusion effects similar to those in Joe's Diffuser. Experiment with different compositing options and blur amounts for a variety of effects.
Joe's Soft Effects
There are four different soft effects included with Joe's Filters bringing a wide range of soft filtering to Final Cut Pro. Each plugin's offers different shapes for more creative freedom
Several of the controls in this filter are identical to those in Joe's
- Blur Radius (0 - 250)
Amount to blur the affected portion of the image.
The angle of the masking gradient. This setting works like an arrow,
the gradient fade in the direction specified and extend perpendicularly
across the selected angle.
- Width (0 - 500)
Sets the thickness of the gradient origin.
Because this filter uses the FXScript Highlight function, gradients
actually fade from a center line out to both directions. Width describes
the thickness of the center line of the highlight gradient. This might
affect results with large negative offset settings.
- Fade Length (0-300%)
Sets the length of the gradient relative to the image size.
- Offset (-100 - 100%)
This setting moves the gradient origin in towards or out from the
center of the image.
Causes the gradient to use a gaussian falloff instead of a linear
falloff for more naturalistic effects.
Reverses the affected area by inverting the mask.
- Mode, Opacity
Composite controls to specify how to apply the blurred image back
onto the original.
Building Joe's Soft Gradients
If you are curious about FXScripts and Final Cut Pro,
I also wrote a page about the FXScript
behind Joe's Soft Gradients...