Modifying the page backdrop in Pages on Mac
You have the option to enhance the appearance of individual pages or a page template by adding vibrant colors, gradients, or captivating images to the background.
Revamp the background of individual pagesIn a document focused on word processing, when you modify the background of a page, it automatically alters the background for every page in its corresponding section. However, if you desire to change the background of just one page, you can transform it into its own separate section and then customize the background accordingly. In a document designed for page layout, you have the flexibility to change the background of any specific page.
- In a word processing document: Select the desired page within the section you wish to modify, navigate to the Document sidebar, and then click on the Section tab.
- In a page layout document: Click on an unoccupied area of the page (to ensure nothing is selected), and then open the Format sidebar.
- A pre-set color or gradient that complements the template: Opt for Colour Fill, navigate to the color well on the right side of the Background, and select your preferred color or gradient.
- A two-color gradient fill: Pick Gradient Fill, then click on the color wells beneath Background and choose your desired colors. The left side of each well displays colors that correspond to the template, but if desired, you can access the Colours window by clicking on the color wheels to pick any color.
- A customized gradient: Select Advanced Gradient Fill, then use the square color wells beneath the slider to select your desired colors. Manipulate the squares and utilize the other controls to modify the blend, angle, and direction of the gradient.
- An image: Opt for Image Fill, click on Choose, and finally, double-click on an image file with a .jpg, .png, or .gif file extension.
Transform the background of a page templateIn page layout documents, you have the ability to modify the background of a page template, thus causing any page that uses that specific template to dynamically adjust accordingly.
- For a color or gradient that complements the template, select "Colour Fill" from the Background pop-up menu. Use the color wheel to the right of Background to select a desired color or gradient.
- For a two-color gradient fill, choose "Gradient Fill" from the Background pop-up menu. Then, select colors from the color wells below Background. The left side of each well displays colors that match the template, and you can access the Colors window to choose any color.
- To create a custom gradient, pick "Advanced Gradient Fill" from the Background pop-up menu. Use the square color wells below the slider to choose colors. Adjust the squares and utilize the other controls to modify the blend, angle, and direction of the gradient.
- If you prefer to use an image, select "Image Fill" from the Background pop-up menu. Click on "Choose" and double-click an image file with a .jpg, .png, or .gif extension.
For more information on fill options, please refer to the guide on adding color or images to shapes and text boxes.
Note: If you are unable to locate the background or page template controls, ensure that your document is a page layout document rather than a word-processing document. Also, make sure that no items on the page are selected. For further assistance, consult the guide on determining the type of document you're viewing: How to tell which kind of document you’re viewing.
To explore more about the different document types in Pages, check out the Intro to Pages on Mac guide.
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