Pages Backgrounds

A new feature in Pages allows you to create color, gradient or image backgrounds in Page Layout documents. You can stretch or tile images across the page. You can also tint the image to fit your needs.

Comments: 11 Responses to “Pages Backgrounds”

    Terry Haddow
    1 year ago

    Thanks Gary. I have been trying to find this feature in the update but couldn’t. Thanks for showing me. Is this feature in the IOS version ( I can’t find it ) ?

    1 year ago

    Terry: It is kinda mentioned as a new feature in iOS too, but I can’t find it either. You can add images to the background in Document Setup, but you could do that before too.

    Carlo Bosmans
    12 months ago

    Okay, Gary, but how do you about typing text over the background?

    12 months ago

    Carlo: Just add a text box.

    Donna Vitarelli
    12 months ago

    How do I change the document rulers in Pages to inches? I work mostly on my iPad but also have an iMac.

    12 months ago

    Donna: On Mac, it is under Pages, Preferences, Rulers. But on iOS, there is no setting. I think it is just automatic from Settings, General, Language & Region, Region.

    Shirley
    12 months ago

    This is easier than “watermarking” a document. However I’ve found that in trying to put background in an existing document, nothing can be selected in the document and it will only background one page at a time in a multipage document. Excellent tutorial, easy to follow, thanks!

    Nick
    12 months ago

    hi Gary I can’t seem to find a way to change the opacity of an image background. Is there a way? Frustrating since Word has had this feature for as long as I can remember….

    12 months ago

    Nick: What are you trying to do, exactly? Logically, there shouldn’t be any opacity setting for a “background” — it is the background. There is nothing behind it.

    nick
    12 months ago

    Gary: by adjusting the opacity I was thinking you can set how dark or light the background will print. For example, I may want to have a very faded background image in some cases and a more prominent one in others. Hope that makes sense

    12 months ago

    nick: Opacity refers to how opaque (100%) or transparent (0%) the image is, so you can see what is behind it. That doesn’t make sense when you refer to a background because by definition the background is the bottommost thing. There is nothing behind it. If you want to have a lighter background image, adjust the brightness of the image (in Photos, PhotoShop, etc) and export a new version before selecting it as a background.

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