You failed to say what you want to change the background into.
So I will change it to white.
You can also render it into clouds, etc, etc.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 3:
Open the photo that you want to modify.
If you do not have Layers Pallet visible,
In the Layers Pallet
Double Click ''background''
Then Click OK
(that unlocked that layer)
and retitles the layer to Layer 0
Use the magic wand tool with tolerance set to 30.
Click in the black area. Then press the Del (delete) Key to remove the black area.
You should see a checkboard pattern, indicating transparent.
If that did not get all the black:
Repeat with the magic wand and use the Del key again.
You can switch to the eraser tool to remove leftovers.
That adds a new layer (Layer 1) above Layer O.
But we want it below Layer 0, so drag it there.
And you want Layer 1 active (highlighted).
Set you forground color to White
Grab the paintbucket tool and pour the paint into the transparent area.
You can use the same idea to apply a photo of clouds (or any photo) to the transparent area, by opening a photo (of clouds) and using the ''Move'' tool to drag it over the original photo.
That creates a Layer 1.
Then move Layer 1 below Layer 0 in the Layers Pallet.
Remember, before you can save this as a .jpg photo you have to Flatten the Image (Layers/Flaten Image).
I have a family photo that was shot outdoors, at night. Consequently the background is black.
Is it possible to change or remove the black background using either Adobe Photoshop Elements or ULead Photo Impact 7 ?
If so, how do I do it, or where do I look for instructions?
I am running WinXP Pro on an AMD 3000+ CPU, with 768mb of RAM and two internal 80 gig HD's.