9 Replies Latest reply on Apr 3, 2010 11:35 AM by The One True raywood

    Solid-Color Backgrounds

    The One True raywood Level 1

      I'm using PE 7.  I insert a title.  It defaults to a black background.  How can I change it to white or some other color?

       

      Thanks!

        • 1. Re: Solid-Color Backgrounds
          the_wine_snob Level 9

          Welcome to the forum.

           

          Actually, what you see as a black background, is actually a transparent background. If you place it over a Video Clip, you will see through it.

           

          There are two ways to add a background of color:

           

          1.) Add a color Matte, if you just want the color below and do not want any other Video to be seen. This will be below your Title, on a lower-numbered Video Track. Color Matte is created with the New icon.

           

          2.) In Titler, create a Shape, sized to suit, and then change its color to suit. This can be a full-Frame Shape, or can be sized to only be below the Text, but small enough to let some of any Video below to show around the Shape.

           

          Hope that this helps.

           

          Good luck,

           

          Hunt

          • 2. Re: Solid-Color Backgrounds
            Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

            Also, if you click the Titles button under the Edit tab, you'll be taken to a workspace that offers a number of titles templates.

            • 3. Re: Solid-Color Backgrounds
              The One True raywood Level 1

              Steve -- thanks -- I originally had only three titles there, but was

              able to find a download somewhere that gave me more.  But I'm not seeing

              any solid-color backgrounds among them so far.  Haven't checked all

              categories yet.

               

              Bill -- where do I find Titler?  Meanwhile, I used the color matte

              approach, and that's a solution.  I do now have a solid white

              background.  Unfortunately, it seems to take priority over the text of

              my title.  So if I use the plain white matte, that's all I see.  I've

              tried the "bring to front" option for the text of the title (the only

              place where I see a priority option), but that seems to apply only

              within the title cip itself.  I don't see an option to enter text

              directly onto the plain white matte.

               

              BTW, I used to participate in this forum as simply raywood, but somehow

              that handle seems to have been removed from me.  I dunno.  Maybe I was bad.

               

              Ray

              • 4. Re: Solid-Color Backgrounds
                the_wine_snob Level 9
                where do I find Titler?

                 

                You can choose Title in the Toolbar, you can use Title in the Edit>Project Panel Toolbar, or you can Dbl-click on an existing Title to get it into Titler. The Program Monitor will turn into Titler, and you will have the special Tools down the right-hand side of it. Look for the Shapes. When created, you can click on the little palette icon, with the Shape Selected, to change the color. Then Rt-click on that Shape and choose Arrange to send it behind your Text.

                 

                Good luck,

                 

                Hunt

                • 5. Re: Solid-Color Backgrounds
                  the_wine_snob Level 9

                  I've tried the "bring to front" option for the text of the title (the only place where I see a priority option), but that seems to apply only within the title cip itself.  I don't see an option to enter text directly onto the plain white matte.

                   

                  If you have existing Text, the Shape will appear over it. When you Select that Shape (the arrow Selection Tool), you would Arrange>Send to Back.

                   

                  If you do not yet have Text, create the Shape first, then switch to the Text Tool (the T), and Click and begin typing, or drag to create a Paragraph Text Box and begin typing.

                   

                  Good luck,

                   

                  Hunt

                  • 6. Re: Solid-Color Backgrounds
                    The One True raywood Level 1

                    Huh.  I wonder if it's because I'm using the Educational Version.  Of

                    those three options, I get into what I think you're calling Titler (it

                    doesn't have a Title!) only by double-clicking on an existing title. 

                    There, the major options are Text Options, Text Styles, and Text

                    Animation.  Or possibly I somehow turned off the window that would show

                    these things?

                    • 7. Re: Solid-Color Backgrounds
                      The One True raywood Level 1

                      Hey, Bill, thanks for your patience.  I don't know where the shapes are,

                      and anyway I wasn't going to use a shape.  Just plain text on a solid

                      colored background.  That's all I want.

                       

                      Ray

                      • 8. Re: Solid-Color Backgrounds
                        the_wine_snob Level 9

                        Ray,

                         

                        Go to Window>Reset Workspace. You should have the Toolbar, running vertically down the right-side.

                         

                        Good luck,

                         

                        Hunt

                        • 9. Re: Solid-Color Backgrounds
                          the_wine_snob Level 9

                          Here's a look at Titler from PrE 4. Should be similar in PrE 8. Here, you can see the features and Tools.

                           

                          PrE_Titler.jpg

                          Hope that this helps,

                           

                          Hunt