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How can I change the color of the background?

Community Beginner ,
Mar 18, 2024 Mar 18, 2024

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Hi, I am creating a Diashow with Premiere Elements 2024. Since the time range is very long, the photographs are in various different sizes. So when adding the older ones I get these ugly black frames left and right of the photo. How can I change this black color to some nicer one???

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Mar 18, 2024 Mar 18, 2024

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Place a color matte on video track 1 and your video on video track 2.

 

Create a colored matte for a background

You can create a clip consisting of a full‑frame matte of solid color, which you can use as a solid background for titles or animated clips.

Note: 

Brightly colored mattes can serve as temporary backgrounds to help you see transparency more clearly while you adjust a key effect.

  1. Click Project Assets.
  2. In the Project Assets panel, click New Item from the panel options and choose Color Matte.
  3. Choose a color in the Adobe Color Picker dialog box, and click OK.

A color matte clip is placed into both the Project Assets panel and the Expert view timeline.



 

from here:

https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/using/creating-specialty-clips.html

  

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Mar 18, 2024 Mar 18, 2024

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You could also place a background image on video track 1 and your video on video track 2.

Here is one site that has free ones to download:

https://www.pexels.com/search/cool%20backgrounds/

 

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Another method is to place the video on both video track 1 and 2.

Increase the scale of the video on track 1 so it becomes blurry and covers the black area.

It will be seen where the black used to be.

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