3 ways to add a background to InDesign

3 ways to add a background to InDesign
3 ways to add a background to InDesign
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Many printed materials have a background that adds visual impact or highlights the main graphic elements. A background can be created by drawing a shape or adjusting the opacity of an image. InDesign is popular page layout software that allows you to create documents of various sizes and formats. Knowing how to add a background in this program will make your compositions more visually appealing.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Add a background to an image

Create a Background in InDesign Step 1

Step 1. Open InDesign

Then create a new document by clicking File then on New… A window will then open and you can enter the settings for your new document.

Create a Background in InDesign Step 2

Step 2. Place an image

In the menu File, select Import. Find the image you want to add on your computer and double click on its name. Then move your cursor to where you want to place the image and click. This action will cause the image to appear on your page.

  • If necessary, you can adjust the size of your image by selecting it with the Selection Tool (V) and dragging the handles while holding Ctrl + Shift (Windows) or Cmd + Shift (Mac). This will allow you to adjust the size of the image proportionally.
Create a Background in InDesign Step 3

Step 3. Open the Swatches window

It's located in a group of windows to the right of your workspace. It is also accessible from the menu Windows in the top bar.

  • Click on the button Background and select the shade you want. This will apply the color behind your image and it will stretch to the limits of its frame.
Create a Background in InDesign Step 4

Step 4. Extend the picture frame

Pull on one of the corners of the frame while holding Shift + Alt, on Windows as well as on Mac.

  • You don't like the color you chose? Select the eyedropper (I) and click on a color of your image while holding Alt. You can then find a shade that matches your image perfectly.

Method 2 of 3: Create a background with a shape

Create a Background in InDesign Step 5

Step 1. Select a shape

Choose a circle, rectangle, or polygon from InDesign's left toolbar.

Create a Background in InDesign Step 6

Step 2. Click and move your mouse to create the shape

You can adjust its size by clicking on one of its handles with the Selection Tool (V) until you get the size you want.

Create a Background in InDesign Step 7

Step 3. Fill in the form

Making sure your item is selected, open the panel Color chart. Your object will fill with the color or gradient you choose.

Create a Background in InDesign Step 8

Step 4. Adjust the position of your shape

If there are other objects in your composition, click on your background element with the Selection Tool (V).

  • In the top bar opens the menu Objects, then click Disposition and Background. Thanks to this function, you will be sure that your object always remains behind the other elements of your composition.
Create a Background in InDesign Step 9

Step 5. Place your graphic elements on top of the background

Method 3 of 3: Create a background by adjusting the opacity of an image

Create a Background in InDesign Step 10

Step 1. Use the Selection Tool (V)

Click on the image you want to use as a background. If your document does not contain an image, follow the steps explained earlier in the section “Adding a background to an image”.

Create a Background in InDesign Step 11

Step 2. Click the FX button

In the menu that opens, choose Transparency.

  • Select the blend mode and transparency. Check the box Overview in order to preview in real time the rendering of the parameters you are modifying.
  • Once you are satisfied with the look, click OK.
  • In the menu Objects, select Disposition then Background in order to place your background image behind all the graphic elements on your page.
Create a Background in InDesign Step 12

Step 3. Place the other objects on top of your background image

Advice

  • To add a border, click the button Contour in the window Color chart and select the color you want to apply.

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