I'm using this OverLeaf thesis template and I am trying to put background images on the page that state a new chapter (placed on the right page) but also on the blank left page before it.

I have two images for this and am able to place the right image by placing a Tikz command after the \chapter command:

(\tikz[remember picture,overlay] \node[opacity=0.2,inner sep=0pt] at (current page.center){\includegraphics[width=\paperwidth,height=\paperheight]{Chapter_background_right.png}};)

How do I place the image on the left blank page? This empty page is generated automatically by calling the \chapter command I believe.

I was able to do it by adding a Tikz command to the \DeclareDocumentCommand\cleardoublepage{}... declaration but then it added the image also to appendix headers etc. which I do not want.

Is there a way to place a Tikz image on a previous page for example?

EDIT: For now I removed any automation by openany in the document class and manually put the chapter pages and image page in front per chapter. I'll leave this question here but if you only have a few chapters the manual way might be an easier solution.

  • What should happen if the page on the left is not empty? Sep 24, 2021 at 19:51
  • I am forcing blank pages so that there is always an empty page on the left Sep 25, 2021 at 10:18

1 Answer 1


Is that what you need?

\title{Sections and Chapters}
\chapter{An Introduction to Lua\TeX}


\chapter{Lua\TeX: Background and history}
Lua\TeX{} is, in \TeX{} terms, “the new kid on the block” despite having been in active development for over 10 years.


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    No but thanks for the effort. It is a book in the end and basically it is a two page image (left A and right B) and the title is on the right page. Sep 25, 2021 at 10:18

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