There are probably two problems.
First, your images are too large. For what you describe, they need to be sized to the Project's Frame Size, say 720 x 480 w/ PAR = 0.9 for a DV Standard 4:3 Project.
Second, when doing the work in PS, use the matching Preset, i.e. the NTSC 720 x 480, Standard PAR = 0.9 w/ Guides. The Guides will show you the Action Safe Area, and also the Title Safe Area. This can be very important. You want ALL of your text inside the Tilte Safe Area.
Sorry I couldn't respond sooner, the site kept saying try again later--then
after reading over your helpful article several times, I kept digging and
experimenting and was able to produce exactly what I wanted! So, at least
you didn't have to read the earlier reply I had composed with several more
Since I shot the video clips in widescreen mode, I batch re-sized all the
non-captioned photos to 720 X 480. That sure shortened the loading time of
Premiere! For the ones with captions, I decided the extra text at the bottom
of the photos would make the photos smaller on screen than I wanted. I used
PSE to type text on the photo itself, saved the layers, then re-sized it by
resampling to 432 (480 height X 90%). I found out how to change the ruler in
Premiere Elements from inches to pixels. I adjusted the text layer so that
the bottom line would not below the Safe Title Margin of 384 (480 X
80%)--but when put on the timeline, there was still plenty of room before
the text was cut off, so I re-positioned the text to about 395. Of course I
had to select all the stills on the timeline and uncheck the option to scale
to frame size. Now that I understand how scaling works, I can get any size
photo to fit just right!
I had struggled with how to get captions to display for a couple of years,
so I appreciate so much your pointing me in the right direction with your
response and helpful article!
Ooops! Maybe it would have helped if I had signed in!
Great news and thank you for reporting.
I understand some of the issues with the forum. On Monday night, major maintenace was performed, and things were changed drastically. Logging-in and also accounts have been issues, plus several features seem to have been broken and a few new "features," like automatic Hard Returns being added where you do not want them, have been added.