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Adding page backgrounds

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Video: Adding page backgrounds

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.

Adding page backgrounds

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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  1. 1m 53s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Using the exercise files
      20s
  2. 55m 0s
    1. Opening documents and moving them around
      6m 3s
    2. Working with the toolbars
      5m 59s
    3. Working with the panels
      3m 43s
    4. Customizing the toolbar with Quick Tools
      4m 40s
    5. Using the Pages panel to navigate
      3m 57s
    6. Selecting and copying text and graphics
      3m 24s
    7. Rotating pages
      4m 49s
    8. Changing the viewing options
      6m 12s
    9. Reviewing preferences
      7m 6s
    10. Finding words and phrases
      2m 35s
    11. Searching a PDF and working with the Search panel
      4m 21s
    12. Sharing PDFs by email and with Adobe SendNow
      2m 11s
  3. 33m 18s
    1. Creating PDFs from Microsoft Office applications
      9m 46s
    2. Creating PDFs from Creative Suite applications
      8m 57s
    3. Creating PDFs from within Acrobat Pro
      4m 27s
    4. Creating PDFs from a web site
      8m 22s
    5. Creating PDFs from the clipboard
      1m 46s
  4. 30m 58s
    1. Editing text
      8m 51s
    2. Adding text
      4m 40s
    3. Editing images and graphics
      3m 39s
    4. Changing the page number display
      3m 48s
    5. Digitally signing PDFs
      6m 26s
    6. Cropping pages and documents
      3m 34s
  5. 1h 6m
    1. Adding watermarks
      6m 17s
    2. Adding page backgrounds
      5m 41s
    3. Adding page numbers
      5m 56s
    4. Adding headers and footers
      9m 7s
    5. Adding bookmarks
      11m 30s
    6. Attaching files to a PDF
      7m 11s
    7. Adding metadata
      3m 45s
    8. Optimizing a PDF for file size and compatibility
      10m 12s
    9. Creating initial view settings
      7m 16s
  6. 37m 59s
    1. Adding hyperlinks to URLs
      7m 33s
    2. Creating links with the Link tool
      6m 9s
    3. Working with interactive actions
      6m 56s
    4. Creating and adding buttons
      6m 28s
    5. Adding video, sound, and SWF files
      7m 29s
    6. Adding page transitions
      3m 24s
  7. 27m 12s
    1. Extracting pages
      3m 53s
    2. Splitting a PDF into multiple files
      4m 13s
    3. Inserting pages from files and other sources
      5m 42s
    4. Moving, copying, and replacing pages
      8m 17s
    5. Combining PDFs
      5m 7s
  8. 27m 9s
    1. Exporting text
      8m 33s
    2. Exporting images
      6m 33s
    3. Exporting PDFs to Microsoft Word
      7m 21s
    4. Exporting PDFs to Microsoft Excel
      4m 42s
  9. 26m 27s
    1. Working with portfolios
      6m 57s
    2. Creating portfolios
      6m 26s
    3. Customizing portfolios
      7m 23s
    4. Optimizing backward compatibility
      5m 41s
  10. 32m 9s
    1. Creating an interactive form
      6m 42s
    2. Working with form fields
      6m 41s
    3. Editing field properties
      5m 34s
    4. Distributing and collecting forms
      9m 43s
    5. Enabling Reader to save form data
      3m 29s
  11. 34m 26s
    1. Adding sticky notes and other annotations
      9m 2s
    2. Using the drawing markup tools
      6m 10s
    3. Viewing, filtering, and replying to comments
      5m 24s
    4. Printing, summarizing, and exporting comments
      6m 35s
    5. Exporting comments to Word for Windows
      3m 28s
    6. Enabling extended commenting in Acrobat Reader
      3m 47s
  12. 25m 29s
    1. Understanding the different review processes
      2m 7s
    2. Using the email review process
      4m 33s
    3. Conducting a shared review with Acrobat.com
      6m 54s
    4. Using the Review Tracker
      4m 32s
    5. Using the Collaborate Live review process
      7m 23s
  13. 31m 2s
    1. Reviewing the print production tools
      5m 18s
    2. Previewing color separations
      3m 51s
    3. Using the Object Inspector to learn details
      3m 13s
    4. Working with the Preflight dialog box
      5m 34s
    5. Fixing hairlines
      3m 57s
    6. Converting colors
      2m 27s
    7. Saving as a standards-compliant PDF
      6m 42s
  14. 19m 16s
    1. Scanning a paper document to PDF
      4m 44s
    2. Setting up optimization options
      6m 48s
    3. Recognizing text in a scanned PDF
      4m 43s
    4. Reviewing and correcting OCR suspects
      3m 1s
  15. 17m 18s
    1. Using the built-in Actions for automation
      5m 32s
    2. Editing Actions
      4m 7s
    3. Creating new Actions
      4m 51s
    4. Sharing Actions with others
      2m 48s
  16. 35m 27s
    1. Choosing a security method
      5m 27s
    2. Password-protecting a PDF
      7m 28s
    3. Securing a PDF with a certificate
      5m 6s
    4. Creating a digital id
      5m 43s
    5. Removing sensitive content with the Redaction feature
      6m 52s
    6. Revealing and clearing hidden information
      4m 51s
  17. 33m 45s
    1. Opening and navigating PDFs in Reader
      7m 30s
    2. Adding comments
      3m 14s
    3. Viewing extended features
      6m 53s
    4. Digitally signing a PDF
      6m 15s
    5. Sharing PDFs
      2m 29s
    6. Using Acrobat.com
      7m 24s
  18. 3m 54s
    1. Final thoughts
      3m 54s

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