What version of Premiere Elements are you using and on what computer operating system is it running?
If it is a Mac computer, you will be limited in what you can use to convert the colored background to transparency. In Mac, no Chroma Key, No Green Screen Key, No Blue Screen Key. But, there is Videomerge and the Difference Key to think about if your Premiere Elements is on Mac.
So, what are your details? What have you tried that is not working for you?
If Premiere Elements on Windows, I would go with Chroma Key. Complications can arise if you do not have a solid colored distinct background and if you have background colors that present also in the image.
I am running Windows 7. I have tried the steps that are on the Adobe help
page. What I have been doing is placing my main clip on video 1 line using
the expert mode of Premiere Elements 11, and then placing the short clip
insert of fireball on video 2 line. The clip I want to make background
transparent is black. I just want the fireball only to appear on top of
main clip in certain area on main clip. I have tried for the past two hours
and it is eating my lunch.
I have been following the steps on Adobe create transparency with
Please use Chroma Key instead.
If you think it would help, you could post a screenshot of the image in question whose background needs to be made transparent. It should be an easy job for Chroma Key in most instance.
I am not a fan of Videmerge which is sometimes referred as an automated Chroma Key.
I just saw a blank message from you in the forum. Were you trying to send that screenshot?
If so, that is best done by doing a screen capture (jpg) and posting in the forum post (see camera icon in the field where you are writing your message) when the forum is accessed from a browser rather than a mobile device.
I used the Chroma Key and dragged it over to the clip I wanted to remove
background and it worked perfect! I did send the two short 4 second clips
that I was having trouble with. I attached them to a reply e-mail.
Anyway your advice worked perfect using the Chroma Key. Wow I can't believe
how simple it was using Chroma Key. Will Chroma key work on backgrounds
that are not Black or do I need to use a different effect for like a blue
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I really appreciate the expert advice you provided to me. You are a
lifesaver. (I want to purchase Premiere Elements 12 & Photoshop 12 in the
Thank you for your help.
Contact me anytime and I will let you know how far along I am coming with
Thanks for the follow up and great news of your success with Chroma Key. Great job.
You should fine it very useful with colored backgrounds, not just black.
The fact that the program uses black to represent transparency needs to be remembered when you have the color black in an import. If you have created an image with a transparent background in another program and you mess up on the format and lose the transparency, Chroma Key in Premiere Elements can take care of that oversight and usually helps you replace the black color with transparency.
Complications set in when the color you want to transform to transparency is also in the image that you want to keep.
Thanks for the additional info AT!
I am still learning Elements 11
I will improve over time. Trial and Error for me.lol