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I know this question has been answered very extensively. But not what I wanted or thought was the question based on the title. Therefore if others get in here looking for a possibility for colouring behind a word than this snippet is much easier: \colorbox{blue!30}{blue} or \textcolor{blue!30}{blue} resulting in: This is possible by only adding \...

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You could use the \afterpage command from the afterpage package to change the color back. Here's an example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{lipsum}% for auto generating text \usepackage{afterpage} \usepackage{xcolor} \begin{document} \lipsum[1-12] \pagecolor{yellow}\afterpage{\nopagecolor} \lipsum[22-30] \end{document}

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Update with minimal and maximal values Minimal values are only usable when negative values are disabled (\negativeValuesfalse). Code \documentclass{article} \usepackage[table]{xcolor}% http://ctan.org/pkg/xcolor \usepackage{tikz,array,collcell} \usetikzlibrary{calc} \pgfdeclarelayer{background} \pgfdeclarelayer{main} \pgfsetlayers{background,main} \newif\...

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TiKZ 3.0.0 introduces pic a "short picture" which can be inserted in any place of a tikzpicture. A possible solution with 'pic' would be: \documentclass{standalone} \usepackage[margin = 1in]{geometry} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{decorations.pathmorphing,calc,shapes,shapes.geometric,patterns} \begin{document} \tikzset{treetop/.style = {decoration={...

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Thanks to Andrew Stacey for pointing me to the new improved tikzmkark. I was not aware of it. This version of \tikzmark allows for using the defined coordinates before the point of its definition. Using \tikzmark{foo} a new coordinate named (pic cs:foo) is available and can be used anywhere in the page. Using the new \tikzmark, taken from the preamble of ...

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You can use TikZ to place the image in a \node with the desired opacity: \documentclass{beamer} \usepackage{tikz} \usebackgroundtemplate{% \tikz\node[opacity=0.3] {\includegraphics[height=\paperheight,width=\paperwidth]{ctanlion}};} \begin{document} \begin{frame} CTAN lion drawing by Duane Bibby. \end{frame} \end{document} In this case, it might be ...

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You can box the image and then use \vfil and \hfil to center it: \PassOptionsToPackage{demo}{graphicx} \documentclass{beamer} \usebackgroundtemplate{% \vbox to \paperheight{\vfil\hbox to \paperwidth{\hfil\includegraphics[width=1.5in]{name}\hfil}\vfil} } \begin{document} \begin{frame} Test \end{frame} \end{document} The line \PassOptionsToPackage{demo}...

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To circumvent the issue of \nopagecolor being only available for pdfTeX and LuaTeX, you could use the pagecolor package and \newpagecolor{yellow} to set the new page color and \restorepagecolor to restore the pagecolor to the one it was before \newpagecolor{yellow} was used. If that color was white, it is white again, if it was none, it is none again, and if ...

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The solution below defines two alternative ways of drawing a coloured gradient in the margin background on a selection of pages: Invoke the \conditionalmarginbg (which takes no argument) at the beginning of your document and then toggle the margin background on/off in your document by using the \startdrawmarginbg and \stopdrawmarginbg macros. Invoke \...

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This solution, using nested stack insets, still has vertical height/depth to the overlay. The relative placement of the insets is controlled by the length parameters (2nd and 4th arguments of \stackinset are (x,y) offsets). \documentclass{article} \usepackage{stackengine} \usepackage{xcolor} \begin{document} \def\MyText{not scary} \newcommand\mytext[1][...

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So if I understood your question correctly, you want to do something like GitHub's markdown style. So I created some commands and environments to supply a GitHub-like style based on Adam Pritchard's Markdown Cheatsheet. I used Source Sans Pro and Source Code Pro fonts, so you'll have to download and install them on your operating system. Here are the direct ...

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This is for a section, but you can extend it easily for subsections with a similar scheme: \documentclass[a4paper]{scrbook} \usepackage{xcolor,lipsum} \usepackage{titlesec} \titleformat{name=\section}[block] {\sffamily\large} {} {0pt} {\colorsection} \titlespacing*{\section}{0pt}{\baselineskip}{\baselineskip} \newcommand{\colorsection}[1]{% \...

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You could check for the frame number: \setbeamertemplate{background canvas}{% \ifnum\c@framenumber=1% % On title page \fi% } You may extend this to set thing to all frames except the title: \setbeamertemplate{background canvas}{% \ifnum\c@framenumber=1% % On title page \else% % Other frames background \fi% } ...

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Include the white frames into a group with an empty usebackgroundtemplate \documentclass{beamer} \usebackgroundtemplate% { \centering\includegraphics[width=\paperwidth,height=\paperheight{bgs/global.png} } \begin{document} \begin{frame} this frame will have the global background \end{frame} { \usebackgroundtemplate{} \begin{frame} This frame ...

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The idea is simple: use some nontrivial blending mode. You might want to tune the colors, so that "blue" minus "yellow" is "white" modify the background, so that the lower right corner looks right. I test the document with Preview and Adobe Reader on Mac. \documentclass{beamer} \usepackage{tikz} \usetheme{Madrid} \usebackgroundtemplate{ \begin{...

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You can use path picture and path picture bounding box: \documentclass[tikz,margin=5mm]{standalone} \usetikzlibrary{calc} \begin{document} \tikz \node[draw] [path picture={ \fill[gray!30](path picture bounding box.north west)rectangle ($(path picture bounding box.north east)!.75!(path picture bounding box.south east)$); }](n) {Some Text} ; ...

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The credits should go to Martin Scharrer. It is possible with the listings package: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{listings,color} \definecolor{verbgray}{gray}{0.9} \lstnewenvironment{code}{% \lstset{backgroundcolor=\color{verbgray}, frame=single, framerule=0pt, basicstyle=\ttfamily, columns=fullflexible}}{} \definecolor{shadecolor}{rgb}{....

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I would define a specific key for the tree and one for the position: % to get the positions of last x,y \newdimen\xval \newdimen\yval \pgfkeys{/tikz/.cd, at/.initial={(0,0)}, at/.get=\coordpos, at/.store in=\coordpos, my tree/.code={ \foreach \w/\f in {0.3/30,0.2/50,0.1/70} { \fill [brown!\f!black, trunk] \coordpos ++(-\w/2,0) ...

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With WriteLaTeX's frog.jpg, also in https://www.writelatex.com/542861kyqykv \documentclass{beamer} \usetheme{Warsaw} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{fadings} \setbeamertemplate{background}{% \begin{tikzpicture} \path (0,0) rectangle (\paperwidth,\paperheight); \node[scope fading=west,inner sep=0pt,outer sep=0pt,anchor=north east] at(\paperwidth,\...

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The key backgroundcolor of the lstlisting is what you are looking for for the colored background. To indent a bit the code, play with xleftmargin and framexleftmargin to fit your needs. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xcolor} \usepackage{listings} \begin{document} Test \begin{lstlisting}[backgroundcolor = \color{lightgray}, language =...

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Improved version (Other versions can be consulted in the edit history of the answer) Using the xkeyvalue package, this new version has a \EducNotebook command with a key-value system to control the attributes; the main features are: The spiral can be drawn on top, to the left or to the right. The user can select the number of spirals to be used. The user ...

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Solution without TikZ Using text as clip path is supported by package pdfrender if pdfTeX (or LuaTeX) is running in PDF mode. \pdfsave and \pdfrestore saves and restores the current graphics state, thus that the clipping ends after \pdfrestore. Since the graphics state include the current transfer matrix (e.g., the current point on the PDF page), the ...

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I'm not sure about turning anything to transparent in a PDF. PDF is not an image format, so I guess the only way is to remove the background object entriely from the pages. You could do that manually (on every page) with Acrobat professional (and probably also some free pdf editors), but if you're lucky, the following may work: Convert your PDF into ...

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