The Photo Background option (formerly Palm Tree) in the Backgrounds menu of inside pages lets you choose any photo you like for the background of a page. The possibilities are pretty wide open and really let you customize a theme however you like.
For example, here is a page laid out with the Modern Lines theme that only allows black and white backgrounds:
If you like the Watercolor theme style, but prefer the layouts from Modern Lines, you can create an amalgamation of the two by creating your own watercolor-style backgrounds. First, scan construction paper or other specialty papers. Add the scanned paper image to your book, choose the Photo Background option from the Backgrounds menu, and finally drag your scanned image to the background area of the page:
The Photo Background option also lets you control the opacity of the background image. For example, suppose you want to use a busy, lively image as the background:
Once the image is placed, click on it to reveal both the standard zoom/move controls as well as the opacity slider. Then move the slider to the right to lower the opacity of the background image, so that it doesn't distract too much from your main photos:
Notice, however, that when you use your own photo for the background, any overlapping text is automatically changed to white. Depending on your photo (and on the opacity you choose), this text may no longer be very legible. You may need to change the color of that text.
If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
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