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Darren, PLEASE do not post your questions in the FAQs area. We are reserving that as a reference forum!
What you are trying to do is use a non-square graphic.
You can create a non-square graphic by creating a non-square shape as a layer in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and then deleting the background layer.
When you save your photo file as a PSD, the file will be saved with no background and, when you place it in a Premiere Elements project on an upper video track, the image will appear without a square frame around it. (Do not use Chroma Key or any other key effect with it. Because this is a backgroundless PSD file, the photo will appear with transparency around your image.)
sorry steve! im pretty new :-s (in fact, where should i post? as i have another question about premier elements....
also, regarding this question, i dont have photoshop, is there nothing availible on elements that can do this?
Yes, you can do this using Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, Darren, as I described above. (It's also in my book, by the way.)
You can post any question you'd like to this forum. We'll be glad to field them. All I ask is that you not post in the FAQ forum. Thank you.
sorry steve but i have absolutly no idea how to "make a non-square shape as a layer"
also, is it possible to view your book online?
In your initial post, you asked how to add a non-square image to a movie. Or am I misunderstanding? (There is no automatic way to do this.)
To do that, you need to create a layered file in Photoshop Elements and then delete the background layer. You can then shape your layered image any way you'd like and then save the file as a PSD. If you do, when you bring the PSD into Premiere Elements and use it as a clip, the layered image will appear with no background and it can appear in shapes other than square or rectangular. (It's very hard to explain without illustrations in a forum post, but I do cover it step by step in my books.)
Or am I misunderstanding completely what you're tryign to do?
i think you have answered... in that i need to get photoshop. imagine i have a picture of a car on a white background, i want it in my slideshow/movie to scroll across the screen from left to right over the image of a track in the background, but i want to use something in premier elements to get rid of the white background that surrounds the current image of the car.
so im guessing the only way i can do that is be editing the picture first with photoshop, so that i only import the image of the car and not its white background?
i tired to outline the image with bright green covering everything but the car, then use the 'greenkey' button bu
t it still made part of the main image see through and i want it to remain bold over the background
You can also Chroma Key/Videomerge out the white background. But that will only work if the background (white) is distinct enough from any colors on the car so that nothing else triggers the key and becomes transparent.
This is why Chroma Key is usually used with very deep green or blue backgrounds, since these colors aren't in human skin tones and they're usually distinct enough that only that color is keyed out.
i see what you mean, and unfortuantly is is blending in other white parts of the picture that i dont want it too, i have an idea though.... if i can fade half of my background to white then i can insert these pictures with their white backgrounds, do you know how i can fade just half of a background as though the picture is slowly getting lighter in contrast? i could even have it like a slow transition if that helps because this picture does not remain for long until i start the next slide
What you need to do is create an image with Transparency, in just the areas that you want Transparency. In graphic designer and photographer terms, this is a "Knockout," and is accomplished by creating a Mask in an image editing program, like Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or the free Gimp, that worked for you in the JPEG thread. I have not seen GIMP in many, many years, so cannot tell you how to do it in that program, nor can I tell you what Tools will be available to you.
This is how it's done in Photoshop, and GIMP should be somewhat similar - though there WILL be differences.
With your example image, a man standing by an auto, you would make a Selection around both the man and the auto. There are many Selection Tools in PS, from the Magic Wand, to the Lasso and Magnetic Lasso. You mention the tires of the auto, and for curved shapes, I like to start with the Pen Tool, to create a Path (mathematically defined "lines" and "points," with great, smooth control). This allows me to define smooth arcs, circles, etc., and then I turn that Path into a Selection. That Selection becomes my Mask, to hold out all areas of the image. The more time spent on that Selection (whether you start with a Path, or not), the more realistic it will look.
The Mask is used to "knockout" all background, leaving only Transparency. Now, one must Save the image to a format, that supports Transparency. Because I use Photoshop, I just the native PS format, PSD, which does support Transparency. You will be using another program, so I suggest that you use PNG-24, which also supports Transparency. Note: JPEG does NOT support Transparency, so you WILL end up with all white around the man and the auto. Your Mask will be an Alpha Channel, and you will use that to give you Transparency.
There are tons of Selection and Masking tutorials for Photoshop, and I would suspect that some are tutorials for GIMP, as well.
Good luck, and hope that your knockout works fine.