How To Change Page Color In Indesign

Indesign is one of the most popular applications used for editing, as it comprises tools that make creating and editing documents easy. These include editing the background color. So, how does the background feature on Indesign work to change the page color?

Page colors on Indesign can be changed whether you are working on an existing project or are creating a new document. The process mainly involves using the “rectangle tool” from the toolbox and filling it in with the required color to change your document’s fill.

We will now detail the process of changing page colors in Indesign. 

The Process of Changing Page Color in Indesign

If you wish to make your entire document black colored, inserting a black background to a master page in your document will apply the color to all of it. 

However, if you want each page in a different color, you can include a blank page and format it according to these steps:

1. Open Indesign and make a new document by going to “file” and clicking “new.” If the design is being made for printing purposes, add bleed values to ensure parts of your document are not cut off during printing.

2. Then, double-click the “fill” color option in the toolbox menu. This will bring up the “color picker” window.

3. Here, you can either select one of the colors within the palette or type in the required initials in the R, G, and B boxes.

4. Having selected a color, press ‘ok.’

5. Then, choose the “A-master” page present in the “pages” panel. Do this by pressing the page icon in the toolbar.

6. From the toolbox, click on the “rectangle tool.” Use this tool to draw a rectangle across the entire page such that it goes beyond the bleed lines. This will ensure that no color is left off your document when it is printed.

7. If you wish to add different colors to each page, you can use the color picker to select a different color.

8. You may also use the “eyedropper” tool in the toolbar to get matching colors from a different project and apply them to your Indesign work.

If you get confused while going through the above steps, follow this video:

How to Change Background Color in inDesign

 Having learnt how to change the page color in Indesign, we will discuss why background colors are so important. 

Why are Page Colors/Background Colors Important?

It is essential to select the correct color for your page. This is because colors can easily impact how people receive and understand visual information. Also, to ensure that the text on your template is easy to read, there must be some contrast between the background and the text elements to make them more visible.

Page colors are essential because they attract viewers’ attention toward crucial pieces of information. This is even more important for viewers with poorer vision because colors that stand out will make it easier for them to understand the presented information. 


Changing the colors of a page is an important aspect of creating projects in Indesign because it improves the readability of the text. You can change the page and background colors by selecting the required color from the palette and applying it across your document.