For instructions on how to place background images, see our Creating Your Pages article: Placing A Background

So you've been through the School Annual Online backgrounds and you're just not seeing anything that suits your school's personal theme? We add new backgrounds every year, but it can be challenging to stay one step ahead in the creative process, so let's expand upon your choices:

 

1.  Use a solid background, but place a LOT of clipart or images behind the page content.

  • to create a solid background, place a shape box on your page
  • click the Format button, select a fill color, and click Make Background
  • now drop images that may have no other use in the book - the ones that are a little blurry or you just can't tell what specific activity is happening
  • highlight the image and use the rotation handle at the top to skew it
  • do this for multiple images - make them big, small, skew left, skew right, even upside down

2.  Create a single background image with full bleed.

  • place a large image on the page (check your Details tab on the image - not all images will be large enough)
  • click the Format button and click Make Background
  • avoid using images of people as cropping on the page edges will occur

3.  Create a single background image with a solid "border".

  • to create a solid background, place a shape box on your page
  • click the Format button, select a fill color, and click Make Background
  • now place an image box on the page, stretching it to fit over most of the page, but still inside the blue grid lines (or however large your image can be)
  • the solid background will "frame" the picture - use the Colorize or Tint features (Format button) to lighten / darken image

 

Remember, we have great patterns available as well.  In your Page Designer, click the Images button.  Select Backgrounds-SAO from the drop down or you can choose from our exclusive Quick Creator backgrounds in the drop down list.

 

If you have a parent with a great camera, ask them to capture some images that you can use for backgrounds.  Nature scenes are always popular and even pieces of those images can be cropped to create textured backgrounds.

As always, you may upload your own backgrounds (JPG, TIF, or PNG) that you may have scanned or created with an image editing program. 

 

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