MacMost Now 772: Background Images in Pages

Learn how to place an image behind your text in Mac Pages. In this excerpt from Gary Rosenzweig's new book, My Pages ( he'll show you how to place an image in the background, adjust it to fill the page, lighten it so the text is readable, and also apply it to all pages in the document.

Comments: 10 Responses to “MacMost Now 772: Background Images in Pages”

    11 years ago

    Suggestion: I just love AppleWorks which does not work starting with Lion. Why not have a Pages video showing how to duplicate what AppleWorks word processing documents to. I would think that after you make the necessary settings in Pages, you would save a template labeled AWS or Apple Works.

    I am far from the only one who just loves AppleWorks and does not want to have to use a foreign setup.

    Phil Russell
    Using Snow Leopard

      11 years ago

      As far as word processing and page layout, Pages should be able to do everything that AppleWorks could -- and probably much more. What feature of AppleWorks are you looking to duplicate, exactly?

    Ken Smith
    11 years ago

    I checked out the "Click to Look Inside" on Amazon - it looks great - will order a copy today.

    I would also love a book like this for Keynote. Are you planning on doing something similar for Keynote?


    11 years ago

    Hi Gary,

    I'm following instructions, but when adjusting image on View>Show Adjust Image, the document's white background is the only thing that changes from white to grey. Why does it not select the image instead?

      11 years ago

      Make sure you have the image selected. You need to select the image first, then adjust.

    Carl Rafols
    11 years ago

    hey gary! can you make a photo background on table?

      11 years ago

      Yes. Just select the table and set the Cell Background to None in the Table Inspector. Then add another element: an image. Set that to be a Background image in the Inspector. Place the image behind the table.

    11 years ago

    Thanks for your post. I have done this and it works. I can print it no problems. However, my clients in Australia have printing problems. I have used the image as a 'watermark' and when it prints for them it covers up all the text. I made sure the image was set to the background..but it still does it. Any thoughts?

      11 years ago

      Not sure what could be causing that. Maybe they have an old version of Pages? Provide the document to them as a PDF and let them print that.

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