Pages for Mac: 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. Click an empty space in the document.

  2. In the Format  sidebar, choose one of the following fill types:

    • A color or gradient designed to go with the template: Click the Background pop-up menu and choose Color Fill. Click the color well to the right of Background, then choose a color or gradient.

    • A two-color gradient fill: Click the Background pop-up menu and choose Gradient Fill, then click the color wells below Background and choose colors. The left side of each well shows colors that match the template; the color wheels open the Colors window, where you can choose any color.

    • A custom gradient: Click the Background pop-up menu, choose Advanced Gradient Fill, then click the square color wells below the slider to choose colors. Slide the squares and use the other controls to change the blend, angle, and direction of the gradient.

    • An image: Click the Background pop-up menu and choose Image Fill. Click Choose, then double-click an image file with a .jpg, .png, or .gif filename extension.

Change the background of a master page

  1. Click an empty space on a page that uses the master page you want to edit.

  2. At the bottom of the Format  sidebar, click Edit Master Page.

  3. In the Format sidebar, choose one of the following fill types:

    • A color or gradient designed to go with the template: Click the Background pop-up menu and choose Color Fill. Click the color well to the right of Background, then choose a color or gradient.

    • A two-color gradient fill: Click the Background pop-up menu and choose Gradient Fill, then click the color wells below Background and choose colors. The left side of each well shows colors that match the template; the color wheels open the Colors window, where you can choose any color.

    • A custom gradient: Click the Background pop-up menu, choose Advanced Gradient Fill, then click the square color wells below the slider to choose colors. Slide the squares and use the other controls to change the blend, angle, and direction of the gradient.

    • An image: Click the Background pop-up menu and choose Image Fill. Click Choose, then double-click an image file with a .jpg, .png, or .gif filename extension.

  4. Click Done at the bottom of the screen to return to the document.

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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