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You can add a background to your stationery which appears behind any text or images you have on the stationery. You can use any of the built-in images, a photograph, a graphic you download from the internet, or even create a custom background using a solid fill. In the example below, we used a photograph as a background for the holiday card. We converted the image to grayscale and typed the holiday greeting in white and blue above the image.

Background Image
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Note: The light gray rectangle represents a margin and will not be printed.

To add a background to your stationery, click in your stationery and then click on Background Image or Custom Background in the Background palette in the Design palette group.

Background Palette No Background Background Image Custom Background Margin Top Margin Left Background Shape Background Color Fade Shape Fade Direction Fill Width Transparency

Using a solid fill background is a great way to block out white text. If you create a full-color background and print on a white card, it looks as if you printed using white text. In example below from the November 2012 issue of the Mountaincow Newsletter, we added a custom background to the card and filled it in dark gray. Then we added a retro Christmas tree as a floating image and then added the holiday greeting in bold white text (with a touch of color) to make it stand out against the gray background.

Background Fill
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Note: The light gray rectangle represents a margin and will not be printed.


 


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