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Word 2010 - .pdf - background image repeating

New Here ,
Aug 28, 2012 Aug 28, 2012

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I'm trying to make a catalog using Word 2010, but when I go to convert the document to .pdf, it makes the background image small and repeats it, very annoying.

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LEGEND ,
Aug 28, 2012 Aug 28, 2012

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What version of Acrobat are you using and what method are you using to create the pdf files? What job options file?

Are you  printing to PDF or using the Ribbon? Which ever method you are using, what happens if you try the other method?

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Aug 28, 2012 Aug 28, 2012

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Acrobat X - I just click File, Save as Adobe PDF in Word. I tried both methods and same thing.

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Adobe Employee ,
Aug 28, 2012 Aug 28, 2012

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Does the same thing happen if you print to the Adobe PDF printer?

-David

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Aug 28, 2012 Aug 28, 2012

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Yes.

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Adobe Employee ,
Aug 28, 2012 Aug 28, 2012

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I suspect then that the issue is with the Word document.  Have you tried a simple: Select All, Copy, & Paste into a new Word document? 

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New Here ,
Aug 28, 2012 Aug 28, 2012

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That's what I'm thinking, the background image is a bit larger than what is showing in the word document though. I tried using a simple gradient background too, and saving it as a .pdf, the background is much less smooth than in the word format. Does Acrobat just not like backgrounds in Word?

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New Here ,
Aug 29, 2012 Aug 29, 2012

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Bueller?

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New Here ,
Aug 29, 2012 Aug 29, 2012

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I just tried making it in Powerpoint and it works.

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Adobe Employee ,
Aug 30, 2012 Aug 30, 2012

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Do you experience this problem with any other background images in Word?  Acrobat is capable of converting background images, but doesn't seem to like this particular image.  What format is it in?  Have you tried placing that background in your Word document as a different format?

-David

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New Here ,
Aug 30, 2012 Aug 30, 2012

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It's a .jpg. I noticed even using the native Word gradient backgrounds, the background is not the same. I'm using Powerpoint and converting to .pdf with no issues however.

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Adobe Employee ,
Aug 31, 2012 Aug 31, 2012

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I'm wondering if there might be some sort of issue with either your Word or Acrobat installation.  I've not been able to reproduce this issue.

Could you try:

  • Repair Office (Programs > Right-click Office > Change > Repair)
  • Repair Acrobat (Help > Repair Acrobat Installation from within the app.)
  • Try setting up your document again from scratch in Word and converting.

-David

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 02, 2012 Sep 02, 2012

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That's how Word prints background with gradients - you should see similar results if you print to a physical printer. Search Office forums for some workarounds. for example:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2007-word/background-gradients-print-repeated...

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New Here ,
Mar 14, 2017 Mar 14, 2017

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Old bug and still there with 2016, but there is a workaround for this, please follow the following:

  • Remove the "page background" by replacing it with white solid color.
  • Open the header pane.
  • Insert the image, set its text wrapping to Behind Text, and drag its sizing handles so it covers the whole page. You may want to use the controls on the Picture Tools tab to reduce the contrast and increase the brightness.
  • Close the header.

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New Here ,
Oct 27, 2018 Oct 27, 2018

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Was personally having this issue in Word 2013 where the Print Preview displayed the background image correctly, centering and filling the entire background, yet printing to a PDF or printer results in the background image being tiled repeatedly on the entire page ==> finally figured it out!

Since the Header formatting option presented by others typically is not an appropriate option for many encountering this issue, and the background printing/spooling options don't work, the resolution to prevent the background image from tiling when printing to a PDF or a printer is as follows:

• Open the document in Word 2010/ 2013

• Click on the 'Page Layout' tab

• 'Page Background' section > click 'Page Color' > click 'Fill Effects...'

• 'Fill Effects' window opens > click 'Texture' tab > click 'Other Texture...' button

• 'Select Texture' window opens > navigate to and click on the desired background image > click 'Insert' button

• 'Fill Effects' window opens > click 'OK' button

Since there is a known issue between MS Word and some print drivers resulting in pictures in the background being tiled instead of centered and filled, the trick is to insert the background image as a 'Texture' instead of a 'Picture'. Save your Word document and then edit as needed for any content to be displayed on top of the background image.

- Albaloshy

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New Here ,
Dec 02, 2019 Dec 02, 2019

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This IS the solution... look no further!

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Jun 18, 2021 Jun 18, 2021

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LATEST

100% WORKS

THANKS!!!!!

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