How to Add a Background to an Image in Adobe InDesign

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In Brief...

Fill colors in image frames will show through in areas where the image is transparent. This is often done with white logos and icons. Transparency can also be applied to the image without affecting the fill color.

Instructions

  1. Select the frame, then go to the Swatches Panel. Make sure Fill is selected and choose a color.
    Swatches Panel

  2. The fill color is applied.
    Fill Color in Image Frame

  3. Switch to the Direct Selection Tool and click on the image inside the frame.
    Direct Selection Tool and Image in Frame

  4. To change the transparency of the image, go to the Window menu and select Effects.
    Effects in Window Menu

  5. The Effects Panel should show Graphic: listed and highlighted. Go to the Opacity field and change to the desired setting.
    Effects Panel

  6. The transparency of just the logo is changed.
    Translucent Logo

Author: Kate Cahill

Kate Cahill is a graphic designer, writer, and creative director who has developed content for print and web. As creative director, she has produced award-winning work for agencies focused on the pharmaceutical, and health and beauty aid industries. She has also served as production manager, with responsibility for the successful fulfillment of long-run print contracts. Kate has been delivering training for Webucator clients since 2010. Her enthusiasm for cutting-edge technology, combined with hands-on practical experience, brings an added benefit to her class. Kate teaches real-world techniques and integration of Adobe software, as well as Microsoft PowerPoint to produce a fully-developed and cohesive brand identity.

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