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Adding a background to a PDF is very similar to adding a watermark to a PDF. There are just a couple little permutations that are only available to one or the other. So, let's take a look at adding a background to a PDF and I'll mention where it's different from adding a watermark. So we have a PDF open in Acrobat. Adding a background is in the same section as watermark under tools, go down to Edit Page Design, and we are going to choose Background. I am going to Add a Background. This document doesn't have anything in the background that we have added from Acrobat.
All right, so whereas with the Watermark you can write text that will appear on every single page, with Background you can choose a color instead. In both Watermarks and Backgrounds, you can choose a File to appear other than a color. So from now, let's just say colors, add that first, and I don't like any of these colors, because I am very picky, so I'll choose other color, add that to the Custom colors. That's nice. So, obviously we don't want like bright red behind all these pages, that would be garish.
I think this one is pretty good, so we want this color. This is the color that we would want add as a background, so I'll OK, and that's kind of interesting. It's kind of like an olive green, right, for our OLIVE OIL Company EMPLOYEE MANUAL. We can see what it looks like as the background for every page, and maybe that's a little too dark, but we will leave it as is. So, that's one way that you can apply a background. Now, the background doesn't have to cover the entire page. Notice that you have this Position here, so you could say, well, let me change these measures to Inches from the Top.
Yeah, let's just say that we want this 4 Inches from the Top or maybe we want it 10 Inches from the Top which would add a nice little bottom border to every one of our pages. You could do that, or you can mess around as much as you'd like. Maybe, you know what I want to do is, I just want to apply this background color. I want to apply to the whole page, but I don't want it on every single page. I just want it on the cover on page 1. All right, but not the other pages. So, in that case I need to go to Page Range Options.
By default, Acrobat will apply your background to every simple page in the PDF, unless you come here and say, I just want it to apply to page 1 to 1. But notice, you can also choose a Subset like only the evens or only the odd pages. So, only the left or right facing pages in a facing pages document can have a background color. It's kind of neat. We'll say okay, that's fine. Other options that you can choose are, over here. You can rotate the color which obviously would not make much of sense unless, you know, it was less than the entire size of the page.
But you could reduce the Opacity and I think that looks pretty good right there and you can scale the size of that background color relative to the page. Right now, it just covers it 100%, which is what we want. I am going to click Appearance Options, because you might want to have the background on screen, but not when printing. If you do want it when printing, then just leave it as is, Show when printing, and you could it vice versa. Maybe, when you print, you want the background, but not onscreen, so you can turn it off here. It's up to you.
If you have done any amount of work in this dialog box, you should save your settings in case you want to reuse them. So, I come up here under Save Settings, and click the button and give it a name. So I'll call it a tan cover background, because maybe you want to apply this kind of background on other documents that you are creating for the company and that way you can remain consistent just by choosing it from here and it's a lot faster. So, we'll say, okay, and it's applied it to the cover. Now, say that you want a different background applied to the interior pages; you can come back to Edit Page Design > Background and choose Update.
This time what we want to do is, we are going to apply a File to pages 2 through 22. Okay, we are going to put a background behind each one of these interior pages. So I am going to click Browse and I have an image right here in my folder. You can add a JPEG, TIF or a Bitmap image, and it converts it to a PDF and puts it in the background. Then you can change the Opacity and the size if you want, like maybe, I don't want it 100%, let's make it 50%, and we'll do it 3 Inches from the Top.
So that you have like maybe your company logo or something appears as a background behind every page. It's kind of similar to a watermark, but just a little bit different, and you can Preview what it looks like here, right, and we still have the background color behind the cover. Let's click OK, and after a little bit of time it goes ahead and applies the background behind all the pages in our document.
Unlike a watermark you can't choose if this artwork appears in front of or in back of the page elements. Obviously, its background. So, if you ever did want like a transparent image to appear on top of stuff, you'd have to use that same feature in the watermark, where you can also use an image instead of text that you type. But if you want to actually add a color background behind pages, then your only option is background. So there you have it. It's very simple to add backgrounds to one or more pages of your PDF using color or images.
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