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How to color the background of a page in InDesign? – InDesign Essential Training [9/76]

September 3, 2019

Hi there, my name is Dan. This is a free extract from my
larger InDesign course on my website… In this video we’re going to make
a nice big colored background. It’s going to have no stroke around
the outside, a little line… but a nice big colored fill. Let’s go and do that. Before we get started and put the
big box in the background… we need to understand the difference
between a ‘Fill’ and a ‘Stroke’. It’s reasonably easy, but
let’s quickly look at it. We’re going to use this tool
down here, the ‘Rectangle’ tool. You got two, the ‘Frame’ tool,
if I draw out a frame… or draw a ‘Rectangle’ tool… they kind of look the same. You can actually fill these guys
with colors if you want to. I never ever use the ‘Frame’
tool, its totally up to you. The ‘Frame’ tool generally gets
used for like a place holder. This is where an image is going to go. I never generally have that problem… so I just leave a big hole where
the image is going to go. You might like this little
line through the middle. I’m going to use the regular old
‘Rectangle’ tool for the whole course. One thing is, you might
not be able to see it. It’s because the last person
that used your computer… might have clicked and held
down this ‘Rectangle’ tool… and used the ‘Ellipse’ tool,
and drawn an Ellipse. It just means its always
set to ‘Ellipse’ now. So hold it down, you might be able
to find the ‘Rectangle’ tool. Just draw a rectangle, any old size. It might have a ‘Fill’, it might not. This is where its going
to come up the top here. We’re going to use this option,
there’s a few different ways… there’s this way, this way, this way… and there’s this way, they
all do the same thing. If you’re using any other
method, you’re fine… but this way here, I find
its easiest to learn. It just means, this top one here is the
‘Fill’, the next one is the ‘Stroke’. So the ‘Fill’ is obviously
the fill on the inside. So we’re going to pick ‘Fill’. I’m going to pick the ‘Mid Green’. In terms of the ‘Stroke’, I’m going
to click back on that little arrow. And there’s the ‘Stroke’. At the moment it has a little
red line, red line means none. I want no ‘Stroke’ around the outside. Say if I want to put a ‘Black
Stroke’ around the outside… you see, I clicked on it,
it added a stroke… and you can kind of see it there. There’s the stroke, its the
line around the outside. To adjust the size of that stroke… you can see, just next
to it, there’s a ‘1 pt’. It’s always done in points,
not millimeters or inches. I can increase it up, and I can make a
nice thick stroke around the outside. What I actually want from
this rectangle is… I want to have no stroke. So I’m going to go back to ‘Stroke’,
I’m going to click ‘None’. And this top one here, I don’t want
this green, I want the light green. Awesome. If its not changing, you’ve got to
make sure you’ve got it selected. So grab the ‘Selection’ tool… and then make these adjustments. What I want to do is I
want to stretch it out… because, remember, we’re
using ‘Bleed’ in this case. We looked at ‘Bleed’ earlier on. What we’re going to do is– It’s really hard to see the edges, so
I’m going to zoom out a little bit. Zooming is ‘Command -‘ on a Mac… or ‘Control -‘ on a PC. I’m going to go back to my
‘Selection’ tool, the ‘Black Arrow’. I’m going to grab this
bottom right, drag it. Do I drag it to the
edge of the white… or all the way out to the red? The answer is, red. Same with this one here. If I leave it just there, remember,
the ‘Bleed’ might get trimmed… and it might leave a little
white line around the edge… because we need a little
bit of overhang… to make sure it can get chopped off
nice, clean, crisp, and clear… and remember, anything
over this edge here… is going to get probably
chopped into the bin. So that is how to color a
background in InDesign. There’s no way of going in, and
setting the default bit of this… to be anything but white. I’m going to ‘undo’. And we do it with a nice big rectangle. That’s it for this video. Let’s go and start looking at… importing, and scaling,
and flipping of images. See you in the next one. So, what did you think?
Did you like it? If you did, please hit the Like button. And maybe consider subscribing
to my channel. It really helps my business. Now this is just a free video from
my larger InDesign course. You can see the full version on… On that site there is a free cheatsheeet
you can download. Print it off, stick it next
to your computer, look awesome. The other thing is I have
lots of other courses there. Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign,
After Effects, Premiere, Dreamweaver. Lots of other ones,
go check that out on… Bye.


  • Reply Learn UX August 25, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Well-explained and entertaining – thanks! I'm sure it'll be useful for many designers.

  • Reply Angel Luis Lantigua April 18, 2018 at 2:54 am

    But what if I want to see the page number

  • Reply Jorgidan 92 May 20, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    but u can change the general backgorund colour with f5 and changing paper to other colors

  • Reply splinterbyrd October 20, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    My document loses background colour when exporting as a pdf. Searched the net, solutions are either too complicated to understand and/ or don't work. Please help

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