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The More You Know: Backgrounds

Looking for ways to make your PDF document a little more eye-catching? Adding a background is one option! Many of us get bored from staring at a bland white document on a daily basis. It’s nice to be able to add a little more personality to your document, especially if it is for a brochure, presentation, or anything else that is supposed to be visually appealing to its audience. 
 
In today’s tutorial, I’ll show you how to create or edit backgrounds in your PDF files. This is useful for a variety of reasons, including the ability to create reports with the same background image, color, or logo on every/multiple pages. Instead of adding a background to each page manually, you can do it all at once or in a few quick batches if you have different ranges in the same document. 
 
Steps: 
1. First, go to the “Edit “tab. Once you click on it, you will have the ability to add, update, or remove backgrounds by selecting “Background.” 
 
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2. You can select whether to add a color, image or PDF as your background.  
 
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3. If you want to change the color, click on the eyedropper tool. 
 
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You’ll see a cross appear on the last color swatch to the right. Click it to open up the custom palette. 
 
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4. After selecting “Add”, your files will look something like this: 
 
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The colors will only show through the areas that don’t have any content covering it up. You can also add images or PDF files from your computer as the background image. 
 
5. Adjust the opacity, size, and angle of rotation under “Appearance.” 
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You can also adjust the overall positioning of the background image, as well as the range of pages that this background will appear on. 
 
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6. Once you click “Add”, you can always go back and change or update your background. All you need to do is simply go back to Edit > Background > Update. You can also save the settings of the background for next time. 
 
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7. If you are unhappy with the background, or are working on a file that already has a background and was created in a different program (such as Adobe Acrobat for instance), you can remove the background. 
 
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Other Useful Tips: 
Perhaps you have added a background but found that it’s not showing on certain pages. 
 
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This may be because there are other layers on top of the background that already exist in the document and are preventing it from being seen. To see if this is the case, select the top layer, and drag it aside or delete it to reveal the color below. 
 
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There you have it! This is how you work with backgrounds in PDFelement. The interface shown in this post was that of the Mac product, but the procedure is very similar for Windows. Any questions or tutorial requests? Comment below! 
 
We also have an online forum where you can get your PDFelement questions answered. See you there! 
 
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