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You can add a background to your stationery which appears behind any text or images you have on the stationery. You can use any of the 150 built-in images, a photograph, a graphic you download from the internet, or even create a custom background using a solid or patterned fill. In the example below, we added a photograph as a stationery background image, converted the image to grayscale and typed in blue and white in the main text area.

Background Image
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Note: The light gray rectangle represents a margin and will not be printed.

To add a background to your stationery, click in your stationery and then click on Background Image or Custom Background in the Background palette in the Design palette group.

Background Palette No Background Background Image Custom Background Margin Top Margin Left Background Shape Background Color / Pattern Fade Shape Fade Direction Fill Width Transparency No Repeated Text Repeat Text Repeat Monogram Edit Text Stagger Rows Number of Columns Number of Rows Scale Horizontal Offset Vertical Offset Rotate

If you add an image to your stationery and later decide that you would like to use it as the stationery background rather than as a floating image, you can use the Copy Background button in the toolbar to copy the image from the floating image, then click elsewhere on the stationery and click on the Paste Background button in the toolbar to apply the image to the stationery background.

Copy/Paste Background

Using a solid or pattern-filled background is a great way to block out white text. If you create a full-color background and print on a white card, it looks as if you printed using white text. In example below from the January 2010 issue of the Mountaincow Newsletter, we added a custom background to the card and filled it in aqua. Then we added a white sea star and then added the invitation text in bold white text to make it stand out against the aqua background.

Birth Announcement Sample
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Note: The light gray rectangle represents a margin and will not be printed.

You can use PrintingPress Extreme's Repeated Text feature to add repeated text to the background of any stationery, text box, monogram or shape. To add repeated text to your stationery or other object, first add a graphical or custom background using the Background palette. Then click on the Repeat Text or Repeat Monogram button to add the repeated design. In the example below from the November 2011 issue of the Mountaincow Newsletter, we created a backing card for a holiday party invitation. We added a custom background, filled it in green, and used the Repeated Text feature to write the words "HO HO HO" across the card. We wrote most of the text in white, but wrote a few "HO"s in red for contrast.

Repeated Text

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