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I've got a LaTeX document, and I've been given a PNG file consisting of a page border with a big transparent section in the middle.

Is it possible to use LaTeX to add that image to every page, with the actual content in the transparent section; or will I have to create the PDF with LaTeX and then manually add the border in some other way?

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One option would be to use the background package to place the image as a background image; the geometry package can be used to adjust the text area. A little example:




An image of the first page of the resulting document:

enter image description here

Here's the code I used toproduce the border used:



\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture,overlay] 
\coordinate (a) at ( $ (current page.north west) +  (1cm,-1cm)$); 
\coordinate (b) at ( $ (current page.south west) +  (1cm,1cm)$); 
\coordinate (c) at ( $ (current page.south east) +  (-1cm,1cm)$); 
\coordinate (d) at ( $ (current page.north east) +  (-1cm,-1cm)$); 
\fill[Maroon] (current page.south west) rectangle ( $ (current page.north west) + (2cm,0) $);
\fill[Maroon] (current page.south east) rectangle ( $ (current page.north east) + (-2cm,0) $);
\fill[Maroon] (current page.north west) rectangle ( $ (current page.north east) + (0,-2cm) $);
\fill[Maroon] (current page.south west) rectangle ( $ (current page.south east) + (0,2cm) $);
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Do you know why this fails if babel is loaded with french? – cfr Apr 13 '14 at 20:32
@cfr is the problem of some babel modules making active some characters that TikZ uses. The quickest solution is to use the babel library: \usetikzlibrary{babel} (for version 3.0.0 of TikZ); other wise, you will need to use every picture/.append style to invoke \shorthandoff for the problematic charcater(s). – Gonzalo Medina Apr 13 '14 at 20:38
Thanks! Normally I only use 2 languages with babel and one is English while the other is, let's say, minimal in its support of anything. (Hyphenation patterns and a very few translations many of which are non-optimal is about it.) But I was trying to answer a question which used French and so surprised that turned out to be the problem. I guess there are advantages to using a radically under-supported language which does next-to-nothing after all! – cfr Apr 13 '14 at 20:56
@cfr yes; the spanish module, for example, tries to implement a lot of the Spanish rules dictated by our Real Academia and in doing so generates many incompatibilities with some packages (with TikZ, for example, but also with lipsum!); a non-experienced user can become really clueless as to where the problem might be. – Gonzalo Medina Apr 13 '14 at 21:06
I, on the other hand, have yet to come across a problem created by welsh other than mistranslations ;). Then again, the fact that the language is not supported by the T1 encoding, that translations are non-existent in most cases and that nothing else has ever heard of it is not unproblematic... [Or any other encoding. The only one which supports it is berenisadf in LY1.] – cfr Apr 13 '14 at 21:30

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