How to Create an Invoice With a Background Image

by Foye Robinson

Invoices allow you to bill customers electronically, in person or by mail. You can use a word processor to create and customize your invoice. Microsoft Word, WordPerfect and OpenOffice Writer include watermarks, which are used to add backgrounds to documents. You can add your company logo or a copyright seal to each page of an invoice. Background images appear washed out by default, so they don't interfere with the contents in the foreground.

Create the Invoice

Open a new document in a word processor, such as Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or OpenOffice Writer.

Type "Invoice" at the top of the page as the title.

Go to the next line and add "Remit Payment to" or a similar statement.

Move to the next line and add your company's name and mailing address as the group receiving the payment.

Go to the next line. Add the following and press the "Tab" key after each word: "Item," "Description," "Date," "Terms."

Type "Subtotal" after "Terms" and press the "Enter" key.

Fill in the data for the invoice, such as the item, description, date, terms and subtotal under the appropriate headings and press "Enter." Repeat this step until the billing area is completed. Press "Enter" a few times.

Type the word "Total" and press the "Tab" key until you are under the Subtotal column. Enter the total for all the items you're invoicing and press "Enter."

Type the word "Tax" and press the "Tab" key until you are under the Subtotal column. Enter the tax amount and press "Enter."

Type the words "Grand Total" and press the "Tab" key until you are under the Subtotal column. Enter the grand total, a sum of the total and tax.

Add the Background Image in Word

Go to the "Page Layout" tab and the Page Background group.

Select "Watermark" and "Custom Watermark."

Pick "Picture Watermark" and "Select Picture" in the Printed Watermark dialog box.

Double-click the image you want to use as a background for your invoice and click "OK."

Add the Background Image in WordPerfect

Go to "Insert" and "Watermark" in the menu.

Select "Watermark A" in the Watermark dialog box.

Click "Create" and the "Watermark Placement" button to open its dialog box.

Select where the watermark goes and click "OK."

Go to "Insert," "Graphics" and "From File" in the menu. A dialog box opens. Double-click the image you want to add to your invoice.

Add the Background Image in OpenOffice Writer

Go to "Format" and "Page" in the menu. The Page Style dialog box appears.

Select the "Background" tab and choose "Graphic" from "As."

Click "Browse" to open the Find Graphics dialog box.

Find and double-click the image you want to add to your invoice. Click "OK."

About the Author

Foye Robinson is a freelance writer and Web designer with Precision Web Crafting. She shares her love for family/relationships, fitness and Web design in her writing. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Webster University and also writes miscellaneous articles and novels.

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