How To Add Background Image In Google Docs

Google Docs allows you to easily insert images in your documents along with texts. But what if you want to add a background image in Google Docs?

Unfortunately, there is no built-in option to do this. However, you can still add background images in Google Docs using some workarounds. Keep reading to learn more.

Method 1: Add Background Image In Google Docs by Tweaking the Image Transparency

The first method to add a background image in Google Docs is by adjusting the transparency of the image. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s the closest thing to adding a background image.

Here’s how you can do it:

1. Open the Google Doc webpage and create a new document or open an existing one.

2. Click on “Insert” from the menu and select “Image.” Select the preferred way to upload the image.

3. Drag and resize the image as you prefer.

4. Now press on the image from Google Docs. Then press the “Image Options” (the three vertical dots) below the image.

5. Click on “All image options”.

6. In the new popup window, expand the “Adjustment” tab and move the slider of “Transparency” to 50%. After that, close the tab.

7. Now press on the image again and select “In front of text” option.

8. Put the cursor above the image and press the arrow down key on your keyboard. After that press the desired text keys. You will see the text appearing on the image.

Method 2: Add Background Image In Google Docs from Drawing Tool

The second method to add a background image in Google Docs is by using the drawing tool. Let’s see how to do this:

1. As usual, open the Google Doc and create or open an existing document.

2. Click on “Insert” from the top menu and click on “Drawing.”

3. In the new popup menu, click on “+ New” to create a new drawing.

4. Above the drawing canvas, click on “Image” from the menu bar and upload the preferred background image.

5. Now press “Textbox” from the top menu. This will insert a text box on top of the image.

6. Type or paste the desired text in the text box and customize it as you like.

7. When you’re done, click on “Save & Close” from the top menu.

That’s it; the image will appear as the background of your document along with the text. You can resize it or move it as you like.


Although Google Docs does not support adding background images to the document, you can make use of the above methods to do something similar. As you can see, both methods are pretty easy to follow. So, go ahead and try them out. Let us know which one you prefer in the comments below.