Pages for iPad: Change the page background in Pages

Change the page background in Pages

You can add a color, gradient, or image to the background of individual pages in a page layout document. You can also modify the background of a master page to apply the change to all pages that use the master.

Change the background of a single page

  1. Tap an empty space in the document.

  2. Tap the Format button, tap Background, then choose one of the following fill types:

    • A color or gradient designed to go with the template: Tap Preset, swipe left or right to see all choices, then tap a color.

    • Any color: Tap Color, then tap a color. You can also swipe left to the color wheel, then drag the slider around the wheel to choose any color. To preview colors on the page, touch and hold a color, then drag across the grid. Release your finger to select a color.

    • A two-color gradient fill: Tap Gradient, tap Start Color or End Color, then tap a color or swipe left to use the color wheel. To switch the gradient direction, tap Flip Color. To change the gradient angle, drag the Angle slider.

    • An image: Tap Image, tap Change Image, then choose or take a photo.

  3. When you’re finished, tap anywhere on the page to dismiss the controls.

Change the background of a master page

  1. Tap an empty space on any page in your document.

  2. Tap the Format button, then tap Edit Master Page (you may have to scroll to see it).

  3. In Edit Master Page view, tap the Format button, tap Background, then do one of the following:

    • Use a color or gradient designed to go with the template: Tap Preset, swipe left or right to see all choices, then tap a color.

    • Use any color: Tap Color, then tap a color. You can also swipe left to the color wheel, then drag the slider around the wheel to choose a color. To preview colors on the page, touch and hold a color, then drag across the grid. Release your finger to select a color.

    • Use a two-color gradient fill: Tap Gradient, tap Start Color or End Color, then tap a color or swipe left to use the color wheel. To switch the gradient direction, tap Flip Color. To change the gradient angle, drag the Angle slider.

    • Fill with an image: Tap Image, tap Change Image, then choose or take a photo.

  4. When you’re finished, tap anywhere on the page to dismiss the controls.

For more information about the fill options, see Fill shapes and text boxes with color or an image.

Published Date: Jul 23, 2019
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