How to Change PDF Background Color

Sometimes certain types of paper may not be available for color printing. Some may think that this is a hard task to do since you need to redo the PDF file all over again. Luckily, there are some cool and simple tricks for you to modify your PDF background color instantly these days. In this article, we recommend LightPDF most, you can download and check the details below.

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How to change PDF background color

Use LightPDF

To change background of PDF in a stable way, you can use a desktop application called LightPDF. This is a jam-packed PDF editor and viewer that is capable of handling different types of PDF documents.

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Aside from altering the background color of your PDF file, this application also has other built-in functions. Some of these include functions to edit, convert, manage pages, add protection, put a signature, and insert comments in PDF. Plus, it can combine multiple PDFs into a single file. The platform itself is very easy to use and it can be used even for novices. With all these attributes, you won’t regret using this program.

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Here’s how to change PDF background color using LightPDF:

  • Download and install this program.
  • Once installed, open it and start importing a PDF file by either dragging it into the program or by clicking “Open”.

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  • When the PDF file is loaded completely, click “Tools” and look for “Background”, and then select “Add Background”.

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  • Now another window will appear, tick the box besides “Color”, simply select the new color that you wish to use, change the opacity and other settings, then click “Apply”.

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  • To keep the changes made, go to “File” and then hit “Save”.

Use Free Online Tool


WorkinTool is a free online tool that allows you to change the background color of your PDF file directly online. In this way you don’t need to install any programs on you computer. As long as you have stable internet connection, you can change PDF background color anytime and anywhere. But with this tool you can only choose the color, it’s impossible to make other settings, Aside from that, the size of the files that you can upload is limited to 50M.

Here is how you can use WorkinTool to change PDF background color:

  • Go to the website of this tool and click on “Select file or drop file here” to upload your PDF file.

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  • Now you can choose your wanted color on the right side.

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  • Then click on “Convert” to start the process.
  • After a few minutes you can download the new PDF file.

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LightPDF Online Tool

If you are fond of web-based applications, then here’s another reliable program that can help you change the PDF background color online easily. It is the Online Tool of LightPDF. This application is capable of handling various PDF documents regardless of their size, and it is completely free of charge. By using LightPDF, you can change the background of a PDF file into any color.

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  • Simply visit LightPDF. To change the background, you can convert the PDF file into a Word file at first.
  • To do this, click “PDF to Word” and you’ll be taken to its conversion page.
  • Load a file into the program by dropping a file into the area provided, or by clicking “CHOOSE FILES”.

    choose PDF files to upload

  • Click on “Convert”, the file will then be converted instantly.

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  • After the PDF is converted to Word docx, save it by clicking the “Download” icon. Open the Word file, from here you can change the background into any color that you desire. Just click “Tools” and select the color that you want from the “Background”. To save the changes made, click “File” and then “Save”.

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  • After that, go back to LightPDF’s page, this time select “Word to PDF” conversion, search for a file and then start converting.
  • Once the conversion is done, you can now download the PDF document which now has a new background. Just click the “Download” icon besides the converted file, look for a location and then click “Save”.

Aside from changing PDF background color, this PDF tool can also convert PDFs into various file formats and vice versa. If you want to further manage your PDF file, then you can use its other functions. These functions allow you to edit PDF, add watermark, merge PDF, split PDF, sign PDF, protect PDF, and unlock PDF. It is a guaranteed working application that you can count on every time you need to manage a PDF file.


Those are the simple ways on how to change background of PDF. Both methods shown above are workable and it is up to you to choose the one that fits your needs. The first way is more stable and faster, it can be used offline and you can change your PDF background with just few clicks. While the second way doesn’t require any additional download prior to using it. However, it requires an internet connection and the conversion speed depends on your internet speed.

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Posted by: Elise Channing on to PDF Conversion, PDF Editor.Last updated on November 18, 2022

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  • Great and creative way to do it!
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  • Hi Elise, I've tried method #2, but there is no option to change the text color to white and background to black, is there? Thanks.
    • Hi Alice, if you want to change the text color, you can go to "Edit" tab, select the text and choose color to change the color with ApowerPDF. And it has black background. Hope it works.

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