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In Publisher, one of the many ways you can customize your publication page is to add or change the background.
We can format the background by going to the Page Background section of the Page Design tab. To display the default background choices, click on the Background drop-down menu.
As you can see in the image to the right, there are several choices of backgrounds: No Background, Solid Background, and Gradient Background.
Roll your mouse over the various options to preview how it would look. To apply one of the backgrounds, click on it.
You can also select No Background and this will remove a background that you have already applied to your publication.
If you want to create a custom page background, select More Backgrounds at the bottom of the drop-down menu.
This will open the Fill Effects dialog box, as shown in the image to the left.
You can use this dialog box to fill the background of the page with a custom design.
You have the options to choose a Gradient, Texture, Pattern, or Picture background or add a Tint to your background.
You will find these various options in the tabs across the top of the dialog box.
Gradient allows you to choose the number of colors, level of transparency, shading styles, and the variants. You’ll see a sample of your options in the bottom-right corner of the dialog box.
To add a texture to your publication, select the Texture tab in the Fill Effects dialog box.
You can choose from the texture options shown (scroll down for a complete list), or select Other Texture to insert a texture saved to your computer.
After selecting your texture, click OK to apply the changes to your publication.
Next, let’s select the Pattern tab at the top of the Fill Effects dialog box.
First, select a pattern from the options shown. You can also change the Foreground and Background colors. The sample box will update with your selections.
Select OK to apply your changes.
To insert a picture as your background, select the Picture tab from the Fill Effects dialog box.
Click on Select Picture to search for a picture you have saved to your computer.
Select OK once you have the picture you would like to insert as your background.
The final option for your background is tint. Select the Tint tab from the Fill Effects dialog box to review your options.
First, select the Base color for your background and then choose the level of Tint/Shade. The Sample box will update with your selections.
Click OK to apply your changes to your publication.
You will also find a Master Pages drop-down menu in the Page Background section of the Page Design tab.
You will use the Master Pages in Publisher to change the default appearance of pages in a publication. A Master Page is a page that contains the default objects and content you want to apply as a page layout to a publication page. When you add pages to a publication, they can then be formatted according to the master pages specifications. Publisher allows for several master pages within a single publication. You can create and customize your own master pages and then save them as a custom template for future use.
In this drop-down menu, you have the option to Apply Master Pages and Edit Master Pages.
Selecting Apply Master Page will open the Apply Master Page dialog box. This allows you to designate a master page to specific pages, all pages, or the current page of your publication.
Make your selections and click OK to apply them.
Selecting Edit Master Pages from the Master Pages drop-down menu, will switch to master page view so you can make changes to objects on the master pages.
The master pages for the publication will appear in the Page Navigation pane at the left side of the window. The currently selected master page in this panel will be displayed for editing in the main window. The Master Page tab will be displayed in the ribbon.
Use the buttons on this tab to manipulate the master pages for your publication.
In the Master Page section of the Master Page tab, you can add a master page, create a two page master page, duplicate, and rename your master page.
The Header & Footer section of the Master Page was discussed in the Insert – Header & Footer tutorial.
You can close the master page view at any time by selecting the Close Master Page button in the Close section of the Master Page tab.
This concludes the Page Design tab tutorial.
Click next to continue to the Review tab tutorial.