I am trying to reproduce the famous employee handbook from Valve. It looks like this:

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I'm making progress, but am stumped on three issues. 1) How to make my vertical line separating pages continue through the header and footer. 2) When I create a chapter, the pagination is treated as one page, rather than two, as I have it through the rest of the document. 3) I'd like to reproduce the running headers, but am experiencing difficulty there too. Any help is appreciated.

Here is my MWE:

\usepackage{color, graphicx}

%%%%%%%%%% Experiments %%%%%%%%%%%%


%%%%%%% Wallpaper



%\definecolor{Ahrenge}{RGB}{202, 64, 28}
\setromanfont{Libre Baskerville} 
\usepackage[landscape,twocolumn, left=1in, top=1in, right=1in, bottom=1in]{geometry}
\usepackage{fancyhdr,lipsum}% http://ctan.org/pkg/{fancyhdr,lipsum}
\fancyhf{}% Clear header/footer
\title{Fake Title}
\author{Larry Tate}

%%%%%Page Boxes%%%%%%%%%%


    logical pages=1,%
    border code=\pgfsetlinewidth{1pt}\pgfstroke,%
    border shrink=\pgfpageoptionborder,%
    resized width=.95\pgfphysicalwidth,%
    resized height=.95\pgfphysicalheight,%






\chapter*{Chapter One}

\section*{\color{Ahrenge}The First Section}


Hello World! This is a block quote within the text sample. This is quite fake. Why are you still reading?





\section*{\color{Ahrenge} The Second Section}

\section*{\color{Ahrenge}This is a Section}
\section*{\color{Ahrenge} The Next Section}



Here is the background image file.enter image description here

  • 2
    I think it's better to produce the book as a normal one, and once finished compound two pages over your background with pdfpages. Another option would be to break your background into two fragments an use corresponding one for every page.
    – Ignasi
    May 20, 2014 at 13:11

1 Answer 1


Instead of trying to produce a lanscaped two pages format I'd suggest to produce a book and once it's finished use pdfpages or any other package to place to pages over a background image.

Next code shows how to use pdfpages and background pacakges to create the final result. Original file (179275.pdf) was created with \blinddocument from (blindtext package).

You'll have to adjust your text and background image. background package documentation explains how to use different background images for even and odd pages. This could be another solution.






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  • Thanks, that gives me some ideas. However, using the opacity for the image really degrades the readability of the text embedded in the .pdf.
    – Linter
    May 21, 2014 at 10:11
  • Thanks, Ignasi. I see what you are trying to do there. However, using the opacity/transparency really degrades the quality of the typeface on the .pdf. Hm...
    – Linter
    May 21, 2014 at 10:15
  • @LarryTate: What happens with this degradation when using wallpaper? If wallpaper works better, use it. Divide (or clip) your background and use it as a background for a normal book. After that you can compound two pages view with pdfpages.
    – Ignasi
    May 21, 2014 at 16:22

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