How can I make the text in my letter just slightly overlay the top and bottom of a centered, margin-to-margin image within my document. The image is faded at the top and bottom so that the image is just visible---you know, a gradient fade. Anyway, I thought it would be nice to have my text blend right into the image with the text overlaying this faded part just slightly---whatever the most aesthetic text-to-image overlay ratio happens to be. Anyway, thank you for your help.

  • I think I'm looking for a function that just automatically understands that the text above and below should just slightly overlay the faded parts of the image.
    – Mabrixly
    Apr 17, 2014 at 23:58
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    – cfr
    Apr 18, 2014 at 0:02
  • I don't have clue how to fade an image, but overlaid text is a snap. See, for example, tex.stackexchange.com/questions/171483/… Apr 18, 2014 at 2:16
  • May be you are talking about watermark. This can be done in several ways - background, xwatermark....
    – user11232
    Apr 18, 2014 at 4:00

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Assuming you have an image with suitable fading to transparency, then you could insert it with negative spacing between the text and the image to create the overlaying effect:



\setlength{\intextsep}{-20pt plus 2pt minus 2pt}





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