# How to have text overlay top and bottom of image with fade at top and bottom?

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 '14 at 23:58
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• I don't have clue how to fade an image, but overlaid text is a snap. See, for example, tex.stackexchange.com/questions/171483/… – Steven B. Segletes Apr 18 '14 at 2:16
• May be you are talking about watermark. This can be done in several ways - background, xwatermark.... – user11232 Apr 18 '14 at 4:00

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:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{lipsum}

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

\begin{document}

\lipsum[2]

\begin{figure}[htbp]
\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{untitled}
\end{figure}
\lipsum[2]

\end{document}


Image used in this example: