I'm sorry about the lack of info. I just didn't think of it. Kind of a "duh" moment I quess.
I'm running XP and using desktop properties to change the color. It will not stay at black after change. I also am running Windowblinds with an older skin. I will be using WB for the switcher also. I will look into the settings of the skin to see if that will do it. I have also changed most of the pictures I want to use to include a black background as suggested by Bichur.
Thanks for the replies and suggestions.