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Using an image as A4 background

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#1 Absentiam


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Posted 05 July 2016 - 02:10 PM



I wanted to use the following image :




As a background for a word document, so each page is an A4 size.


How can I do that without ruining the image itself in a resizing process?


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Posted 05 July 2016 - 02:20 PM

I try to use Adobe InDesign or Illustrator or even Photoshop to do that because it's much simpler, But you should be able to:


Drag/Drop the image.

Find one of the corners

Hold CTRL+Shift. then Resize.   (Holding CTRL+Shift resizes the Image evenly just makes it bigger or smaller without pixelating the image.)

Then move to where you'd like it.



If you'd like to add text just right click the image and go to. Order>Send to back.

then add a text box over it and place it.

Edited by Viper_Security, 05 July 2016 - 02:22 PM.

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#3 smax013


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Posted 15 July 2016 - 01:58 PM

You could also use the Watermark function in Word. This will likely "wash out" the image some (you have some control over this) as the purpose of a watermark is to not dominate the page. By default, the Watermark function will size the image to the full page within the constraints of the aspect ratio of the image (i.e. it will not fill the entire printable page if the image aspect ratio does not match the aspect ratio of the printable area).

As to ruining the image itself in the resizing process, keep in mind that the quality of the image when resized to the full page will depend on the quality of the original picture file. If it is low res, then it will look like crap at a full page size. The image you linked to is a 1920x1200 image, so it should not have any issues with resizing to the full page.

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