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Make a picture a background in Publisher

It takes a few steps to make a picture your publication background, but if you use master pages you have to make the change only once and all of the publication pages will have the full-page background.

If a full-page background isn’t what you want, you can make a smaller watermark from a photo or picture or create a text watermark.

  1. Open your publication template, and click Page Design > Master Page > Edit Master Pages.

    Screenshot of the Edit Master Pages drop-down in Publisher.

  2. Click Page Design > Background> More Backgrounds.

    More Backgrounds

  3. Click Picture or texture fill.

  4. Click File, choose your picture, and click Insert.

  5. In the Format Background box, under Transparency, type 80% in the box, and click OK.

    If you want to make the picture even lighter, move the slider to 85% or 90%.

    Format Background Transpency Slider

  6. Click Master Pages > Close Master Pages to return to the publication.

    Close Master Pages.

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