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Opaque background on text

New Here ,
Sep 12, 2023 Sep 12, 2023

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Premiere Elements 2023 macbook pro - I've found the shapes tab on the text workspace and assumed this would be so I could put a black rectangle behind my white text to make it more readable but every time I draw a rectangle it's on top of the text.  

How do I "page down" or change the stacking order so that the rectangle is behind the text? Also rather than black I'd like the rectangle to be 50% transparent so you can still see the video behind it.

The only way I've managed this is to put a .jpg rectangle shape on another video layer that is inbetween the text and video which is very clunky and timeconsuming.  There must be a better way to put background on text? thanks!

 

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Community Expert , Sep 12, 2023 Sep 12, 2023

You can right-click on the rectangle in Title Adjustments and select from the Arrange menu the option to send it to the back.

 

But I'm not aware of a way to make that rectangle color semi-opaque rather than putting it on a separate track.

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You can right-click on the rectangle in Title Adjustments and select from the Arrange menu the option to send it to the back.

 

But I'm not aware of a way to make that rectangle color semi-opaque rather than putting it on a separate track.

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Thank YOU!  Arrange was what I was looking for and I figured out the opacity.  I also found that you can't apply transparency to shapes but if I use the text menu to "add image" and add my black rectangle to the text track then I can arrange it behind the text and then use text >> transform >> opacity to make the rectangle 50% instead of putting it on a different track.  Still a little clunky but it gives me what I wanted all on one track.

 

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