Using the Latex eso-pic package I am inserting a background image using the following lines:



This works; every page now has my picture as the background. However, as soon as I insert a picture in any of my chapters and I open the created *.pdf document using adobe reader (after succesfull compilation using pdflatex), adobe crashes with the following message: "There was an error processing a page. There was a problem reading this document (131).". I use the following lines for inserting pictures:

 \protect\caption{This is my picture.

I have the feeling that this is caused by the fact that I'm trying to draw two pictures on top of each other (background + in-text picture). But I have no idea on how to solve this. Any ideas?

Below I added an example:



%Uncomment following lines to enable background picture (note that there is a 
%bug right now, for some reason having a background image and iserting images
%using \includegraphics does not work correctly. It does compile but *.pdf
%document can not be opened.)
% \AtStockLowerLeft{
%  \includegraphics[width=\paperwidth,height=\paperheight]{background}}}


% ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- %

\chapter{Introduction \label{chap:Introduction}}


 \caption{This is my first picture.}\label{fig:figure_1}

% ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- %

\chapter{Conclusion \label{chap:Conclusion}}


We can draw the following conclusions:
 \item Conclusion 1

 \caption{This is my second picture.}\label{fig:figure_2}

% ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- %


This code compiles fine and I can open the resulting PDF file. However, as soon as add the background by uncommenting the comment lines compiling is no problem but viewing using acrobat reader is a different story: "There was a problem opening this document. The file is damaged and could not be repaired."

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! Please make your minimal working example (MWE) compilable (if possible), or at least complete it with \documentclass{...}, the required \usepackage's, \begin{document}, and \end{document}. Reproducing the problem and finding out what the issue is will be much easier when we see compilable code!
    – ebosi
    May 30, 2016 at 9:16
  • @ebo Thanks for the pointer, I just added a MWE.
    – smehrlapf
    May 30, 2016 at 10:06
  • provide your image. I suppose that the problem is located in the pdf of the image.
    – user2478
    May 30, 2016 at 10:08
  • I found that when using the same image for both figure_1 and figure_2 (can be any image, tried at least 4 of them), there is no problem. The problem occurs as soon as I use two different images for picture_1 and picture_2.
    – smehrlapf
    May 30, 2016 at 10:28

2 Answers 2


Just found the solution in this post: How to overcome Acrobat Reader error 131 with a pdfLaTeX doc?

Adding the following line at the very beginning of the tex file did the trick


use it this way:

 \caption{This is my picture.}\label{fig:my_picture}

\centering is a switch and not an environment and \caption itself starts a new paragraph. And for width=1.0\columnwidth the \centering is not needed, the image is already of linewidth

  • Inserting a figure works perfectly the way you described. However, the problem open the pdf file is still there; "There was an error processing a page. There was a problem reading this document (131)."
    – smehrlapf
    May 30, 2016 at 9:41
  • try a different viewer for a test.
    – user2478
    May 30, 2016 at 9:53
  • just tried to open it using evince pdf viewer (on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS) and Chrome browser buildin viewer (on my Windows 7 machine). Guess what, it opens without any problems in both cases. So I only have the problem with Adobe reader (on my Windows 7 machine). I'm using Adobe Reader XI 11.0.0.
    – smehrlapf
    May 30, 2016 at 13:54

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