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Step 4: Adding Effects to the Color Mattes

With the three colors resized and the opacity of the top two altered, it's now time to jazz up the color mattes a little by using the Premiere Elements 7 box of effects. The effects described in this task are used for example; try out your own combinations to create something suitable for your projects.

Task: Add effects to the color mattes by doing the following:

  1. Return the CTI to the start of the Timeline by pressing the Page Up key on your keyboard.
  2. If it isn't already displayed, click the Edit tab to display the Edit Workspace, and then click the Effects button to display the Effects view (see Figure 21).
  3. In the Effects text box, type Noise to display the Noise effect (see Figure 22).
  4. Drag this effect from the Effects view and drop it onto the top color matte on the Third_Layer track (see Figure 23).
  5. With the color matte clip on the Third_Layer track still selected, click the Properties button to open the properties view, and then dial open the Noise parameter controls.
  6. Alter the Noise parameters to suit your project. For example, these are the settings I've used (see Figure 24):
  7. Amount of Noise: 60.0%

    Noise Type: Deselect the Use Color Noise option

    Clipping: Select Clip Result Values

  8. Repeat steps 3–4, adding the Gaussian Blur effect to the top color matte on the Third_Layer track.
  9. Dial open the Gaussian Blur parameters and change them as follows (see Figure 25):
  10. Blurriness: 30.0

    Blur Dimensions: Vertical

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