Lightroom: Export fixed size with canvas background color fill

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I regularly need to export an image resized to fit a specific height and width pixel size but with a black canvas where the image ratio is different.This is used a lot in PDI photographic competitions where the image file must be exactly 1400 x 1050 with black background fill for projection.It can be fudged in the Print module but a simple export option to fill with a specific color would be so much easier
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Frank Elston

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LRMogrify2 plug in will do this for you
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Many thanks Frank, that works well. I might have a problem explaining how to install LR/Mogrify2 to non-techie LR users in the camera club but for me it solves the problem.

I also notice that ImageMagick (needed for LR/Mogrify2) is an independent program that will also remove black borders, a time saving device meaning I don't need to import into LR to crop off borders for other members' images when they need to go up on the web.

Once again, thanks very much for the helpful suggestion
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BTW I have since discovered the Photoshop Image > Trim command that can also be used to quickly remove black borders. This might be useful for anyone else in a similar situation.
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Mogrify worked although it was a little clumsy and I suspect would be beyond many users. However it no longer works on the latest versions of LR.

An addition to the export module would be very welcome by hundreds of camera club members who need to create JPGs 1440 wide x 1050 high, back canvas filled when the image is shorter on one side and in sRGB with embedded color profile. A challenge to many of the members no matter how many times we show them how to do this in PS or PSE.
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Correction: my original post should have said 1400 px wide x 1050 px high
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I ma aware that LRMOgrify does not work with the latest version of Image Magick so PC users have to stick with the legacy version 6. I use 5.7.1. (I ma not a fan of subscription software). I am aware of CC and LR 6 users of Mogirfy so am surprised that you suggest it is a porblem with current releases    
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Thanks Frank, it is good to hear it works with some LR6/CC users. It stopped working on my PC some time ago. I'll play around with it again, maybe I can get it up and running again.

However installing Mogrify is still a step too far for many "light" users who are not as strong on tech computing as they are with their photography.