Due to popular demand from the many designers that use the Vega Template Manager, you can now add images to rows as the background to create even more stunning designs for your email campaigns.
Where to find it?
When you select a row in the design pane, you'll see that the Row Properties panel now includes a new Row background image section:
Row background image settings explained
Selecting the image
Once you click to enable this feature, you can upload the image that will be used as a background via the file manager by using the Change image button. Alternatively, you can copy and paste the image URL into the URL box if you wish to use an image hosted elsewhere.
Full width, Repeat, and Center
These three settings - Full width, Repeat, and Center - are important for aligning and finding the best fit for your background image or pattern within your message. Let's see how they can be used.
When selected, the image is used as a background for the entire width of the row (click on the image to see a larger version where you can see the background pattern).
When not selected, the background image is applied only to the Content area. The width of the Content area is set in the Body tab of the Property panel.
When selected, the image is repeated. This works well with symmetrical patterns. Use "Full width" and "Repeat" together if you want to repeat a pattern across the width of the row. If the row is higher than the height of the image, the pattern will be repeated vertically too.
When selected the image is centered. If "Repeat" is also active, the image is centered and then repeated to the left and to the right. If you "Repeat" without centering, the image is positioned in the top-left corner of the row, and then repeated to the right.
All three settings can be enabled and disabled independently of each other. Try uploading a small image and play around with them to understand how the positioning of the image is affected.
The Vega Template Manager editor uses advanced email design techniques to ensure that background images are rendered on most email clients. According to our most recent tests, the only email clients for which background images were not shown, were:
- Outlook (background images appear to work on Outlook 2016 on OS X, not in other versions)
- Lotus Notes 7
- Xfinity / Comcast email client
For those email clients - and for best results when images are blocked - make sure that you set a background color for the row that works well in the absence of the background image.