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Is anyone aware if it's possible to change an entire document's background to a fading color?

In other words, can you take silver and slowly fade it to white from left to right and have this same effect throughout the entire document? I understand I could probably take Inkscape, make an image and put a background image for each page. I cannot find anything native which works so far.

Note that this is for a normal report based document and not for a beamer presentation.

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Welcome to TeX.SX! The idea of putting an image in the background seems the only feasible one. Look at the packages eso-pic or background for how to do it. – egreg Nov 10 '12 at 18:36
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contents={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture,overlay]
 \path [left color = Gold2,middle color = Gold2!30, right color = white] (current page.south west)rectangle (current page.north east);   % Adjust the position of the logo.


enter image description here

I have chosen a conspicuous color. You may choose any color of your choice.

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That is PERFECT! Thank you very much Harish! – trentonknight Nov 16 '12 at 19:09
@trentonknight: Glad it helped. Thanks are better conveyed by upvoting and accepting the answer (by clicking thegreen check mark below the votecount) that helped you most. That is the tradition followed here in TeX.SX. – Harish Kumar Nov 16 '12 at 22:04

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