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Creating a Holo-Projector Effect with Premiere Elements 7

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Continuing his series on enhancing your Premiere Elements 7 movies with cool custom effects, Paul Ekert, author of Creating Hollywood-Style Movies with Adobe Premiere Elements 7, shows how to create the effect of a holographic projection.
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In a very famous scene in the film Star Wars, Luke Skywalker watches the android R2-D2 project a holographic image of Princess Leia's "Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi" message. This isn't the first holographic projection seen in a science fiction film, but it's probably the one most people remember. In this article, I'll show you how to create this effect in Premiere Elements 7, using only the standard features.

What Is the 'Holo-Projector' Effect?

For the sake of this article, the Holo-Projector effect creates the illusion of a holographic image being played for an audience. The difference between this effect and the look of an image on a TV set is that the holographic image appears to be projected inside a beam of light.

In this short tutorial, you'll learn how to create this effect entirely within Premiere Elements 7—no other application is needed. Step by step, you'll learn how to use the Motion and Opacity parameters to create the look of a hologram, and how to add the Beam of Shimmering Light effect (created in a previous Premiere Elements article) for additional realism.

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