Background Overlay enables you to place a transparent layer between your background and your text. While this feature can dramatically enhance your website aesthetics, it is an essential user experience function to ensure the legibility of your text.


Background Overlay is frequently used where an image has similar colours to the text that is placed on top of it. For example, if you have an image of a field of yellow sunflowers and one of your main brand colours is yellow, you may wish to place an overlay on top of the image, to allow the text to be read clearly.


Your website has ten overlay colours in total. These are controlled in the Colours tab of the Styles area, found via the Main Menu.

The ten overlay colours are:

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Accent 1
  • Accent 2
  • Accent 3
  • Accent 4
  • Accent 5
  • Accent 6
  • Light
  • Dark


Opacity measures the Overlay's ability to pass light through its surface.

  • An overlay that is 100% opaque is not transparent
  • An overlay that is 0% opaque is completely transparent

There are 4 strengths of Opacity to chose from:

  • 0 - Completely see through. Do not select a Background colour, Gradient or Opacity
  • 0.2 
  • 0.4
  • 0.6
  • 0.8
  • 1 - Completely opaque. Do not select Opacity, only select a background colour.

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Background Colours

See how Background Colours were used in the 5 Day Challenge to make Light and Dark Layout variants. Quickly changing the background colours allows designers to capitalise on their great work with extras Layouts for their content team to use.

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Background Overlay with Child Headlines

Here we see Background Overlay used in the Advanced Masterclass during the 5 Day Challenge. Background Overlay can be used to sit over a Background Image to make text more legible.