# latex background image issue

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

\AddToShipoutPictureBG{
\AtStockLowerLeft{
\includegraphics[width=\paperwidth,height=\paperheight]{picture}}}

\begin{document}
...


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:

\begin{figure}[h]
\begin{centering}
\includegraphics[width=1.0\columnwidth]{my_picture}
\par\end{centering}
\protect\caption{This is my picture.
\label{fig:my_picture}}
\end{figure}


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?

\documentclass[english]{report}

\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[latin9]{inputenc}
\usepackage[a4paper]{geometry}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{eso-pic}

%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}}}

\begin{document}

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

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

\section{Background}
Blabla

\begin{figure}[htb]
\centering
\includegraphics[width=1.0\columnwidth]{figure_1}
\caption{This is my first picture.}\label{fig:figure_1}
\end{figure}

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

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

\section{Conclusion}

We can draw the following conclusions:
\begin{itemize}
\item Conclusion 1
\end{itemize}

\begin{figure}[htb]
\centering
\includegraphics[width=1.0\columnwidth]{figure_2}
\caption{This is my second picture.}\label{fig:figure_2}
\end{figure}

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

\end{document}


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 '16 at 9:16
• @ebo Thanks for the pointer, I just added a MWE. – smehrlapf May 30 '16 at 10:06
• provide your image. I suppose that the problem is located in the pdf of the image. – user2478 May 30 '16 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 '16 at 10:28

use it this way:

\begin{figure}[htb]
\centering
\includegraphics[width=1.0\columnwidth]{my_picture}
\caption{This is my picture.}\label{fig:my_picture}
\end{figure}


\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 '16 at 9:41
• try a different viewer for a test. – user2478 May 30 '16 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 '16 at 13:54

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

\pdfminorversion=4