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When it comes to background masks, people tend to use image editing software outside of Divi, and then upload the image to the website they’re creating. Although that’s a solid way to customize and personalize your website, it isn’t necessarily the only way to go. You can also create background masks within Divi itself, by combining the different design elements and filters options creatively. That’s exactly what we’re about to do in this post! We’ll turn oversized characters into background masks that look great across different screen sizes. We hope this tutorial inspires you to create your own designs using oversized characters and Divi’s built-in options.
Let’s get to it!
Preview
Before we dive into the tutorial, let’s take a quick look at the outcome across different screen sizes.
Example #1
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Example #2
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Recreate Example #1
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Add New Section
Background Color
Let’s start with the first example! Add a new regular section to a new or existing page and add a background to that section:

  • Background Color: #000000

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Spacing
Then, go to the spacing settings and remove all default top and bottom padding.

  • Top Padding: 0px
  • Bottom Padding: 0px

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Overflow
Move on to the advanced tab and hide the overflows of the section. This will become important later on this tutorial when we reposition the Text Module containing the oversized character.

  • Horizontal Overflow: Hidden
  • Vertical Overflow: Hidden

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Add Row #1
Column Structure
Continue by adding a new row using the following column structure:
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Column 1 Background Color
Without adding any modules yet, open the row settings and add a background color to the first column.

  • Column 1 Background Color: #848484

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Column 1 Background Image
Add a background color as well. To combine the background color and image, we’re going to apply a blend mode.

  • Column Background Image Blend: Multiply

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Sizing
Move on to the design tab and allow the row to take up the entire width of the screen by applying the following sizing settings:

  • Use Custom Gutter Width: Yes
  • Gutter Width: 1
  • Width: 100%
  • Max Width: 100%

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Spacing
We’re also getting rid of all custom top and bottom padding of the row.

  • Top Padding: 0px
  • Bottom Padding: 0px

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Add Text Module to Column
Add Character to Content Box
Time to add the Text Module containing an oversized character. Add the letter ‘o’ to the content box.
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Background Color
Continue by going to the background settings and add a black background color.

  • Background Color: #000000

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Text Settings
Move on to the design tab and change the text settings. Notice how we’re using a high value for the text size.

  • Text Font: Poppins
  • Text Size: 100vw
  • Text Orientation: Center

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Spacing
Then, go to the spacing settings and add some custom margin and padding values.

  • Top Margin: -6vw
  • Top Padding: 15vw
  • Bottom Padding: 49vw

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Filters
Time to make the magic happen! Go to the filters settings of the module and modify the blend mode accordingly:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply

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Add Row #2
Column Structure
Once your oversized character has been added to the design, you can continue by adding the remaining modules you want to show up in the section, preferably by adding a new row:
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Sizing
Without adding any modules yet, open the row settings and allow the row to take up the entire width of the screen.

  • Use Custom Gutter Width: Yes
  • Gutter Width: 1
  • Width: 100%
  • Max Width: 100%

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Spacing
Remove all default top and bottom padding as well.

  • Top Padding: 0px
  • Bottom Padding: 0px

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Add Text Module #1 to Column
Add H1 Content
In this new row, you can add the modules of your choice. To recreate the exact example that was shared in the preview of this post, start by adding a Text Module with some H1 content.
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H1 Text Settings
Move on to the design tab and change the H1 text settings.

  • Heading Font: Playfair Display
  • Heading Font Weight: Bold
  • Heading Text Alignment: Center
  • Heading Text Color: #ffffff
  • Heading Text Size: 6vw

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Spacing
Continue by going to the spacing settings and allow the Text Module to overlap the oversized character by adding some negative top margin. We’re also making sure there’s some space at the left and right side of the module to ensure responsiveness.

  • Top Margin: -47vw
  • Left Margin: 1vw
  • Right Margin: 1vw

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Add Divider Module to Column
Visibility
The next module we need is a Divider Module. Make sure the ‘Show Divider’ option is enabled.

  • Show Divider: Yes

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Color
Go to the design tab next and change the divider color.

  • Color: #ffffff

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Sizing
Modify the sizing settings as well.

  • Divider Weight: 13px
  • Width: 16%
  • Module Alignment: Center

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Spacing
And add some top margin to create space between the Text Module and the Divider Module.

  • Top Margin: 16vw

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Add Text Module #2 to Column
Add Content
The next module we need is a Text Module with some paragraph content.
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Text Settings
Go to the text settings and make the following changes happen:

  • Text Font: Open Sans
  • Text Color: #ffffff
  • Text Size: 1vw (Desktop), 2vw (Tablet), 2.5vw (Phone)
  • Text Line Height: 1.9em
  • Text Orientation: Center

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Spacing
Add some custom spacing values as well.

  • Top Margin: 3vw
  • Bottom Margin: 3vw (Desktop), 10vw (Tablet & Phone)
  • Left Margin: 27vw (Desktop), 10vw (Tablet), 8vw (Phone)
  • Right Margin: 27vw (Desktop), 10vw (Tablet), 8vw (Phone)

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Add Button Module to Column
Add Copy
On to the next and last module, which is a Button Module. Enter some copy of your choice.
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Alignment
Continue by changing the button alignment in the design tab.

  • Button Alignment: Center

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Button Settings
Move on to the button settings and style the button however you want to.

  • Use Custom Styles for Button: Yes
  • Button Text Size: 1vw (Desktop), 2.5vw (Tablet), 3vw (Phone)
  • Button Text Color: #ffffff
  • Button Border Width: 1px
  • Button Border Radius: 0px
  • Button Font: Open Sans
  • Font Weight: Ultra Bold
  • Font Style: Uppercase

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Spacing
Last but not least, we’re also adding some custom margin and padding values to achieve the desired outcome.

  • Bottom Margin: 10vw
  • Top Padding: 15px
  • Bottom Padding: 15px
  • Left Padding: 50px
  • Right Padding: 50px

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Recreate Example #2
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Add New Section
On to the second example! Add a new regular section to the page you’re working on.
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Overflow
Hide the overflow of the section in the advanced tab.

  • Horizontal Overflow: Hidden
  • Vertical Overflow: Hidden

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Add Row #1
Column Structure
Continue by adding a new row to the section using the following column structure:
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Column 1 Background Color
Without adding any modules yet, open the row settings and add a background color to the first column.

  • Column 1 Background Color: #dddddd

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Column 1 Background Image
Add a background image as well and combine the background color with the image using a blend mode.

  • Column Background Image Blend: Screen

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Sizing
Then, go to the sizing settings of the row and allow it to take up the entire width of the screen.

  • Use Custom Gutter Width: Yes
  • Gutter Width: 1
  • Width: 100%
  • Max Width: 100%

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Spacing
Remove the top and bottom padding next.

  • Top Padding: 0px
  • Bottom Padding: 0px

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Add Text Module to Column
Add Character to Content Box
Time to add the Text Module containing the oversized characters! Copy the following characters: ‘◊◊◊’ and add these to the content box. You can use any kind of character you want by going to the Character Map (Windows) or Character Palette (Mac) on your computer.
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Background Color
Change the background color of this module into white.

  • Background Color: #ffffff

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Text Settings
Then, go to the design tab and change the text settings.

  • Text Font: Poppins
  • Text Color: #0c0c0c
  • Text Size: 80vw
  • Text Orientation: Center

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Spacing
Modify the top and bottom padding values too.

  • Top Padding: 27.8vw
  • Bottom Padding: 27.8vw

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Filters
And create the background mask effect by adding a custom blend module to the module.

  • Blend Mode: Screen

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Add Row #2
Column Structure
Once your oversized character is in place, you can add a new row with the remaining modules.
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Sizing
Without adding any modules yet, open the row settings and allow the row to take up the entire width of the screen.

  • Use Custom Gutter Width: Yes
  • Gutter Width: 1
  • Width: 100%
  • Max Width: 100%

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Spacing
Add some custom padding values next.

  • Top Padding: 1vw
  • Bottom Padding: 1vw
  • Left Padding: 3vw
  • Right Padding: 3vw

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Add Text Module #1 to Column
Add H1 Content
Time to add the remaining modules. If you want to recreate the same exact design as you’ve seen in the preview of this post, start by adding a Text Module with some H1 content.
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H1 Text Settings
Move on to the design tab and change the H1 text settings.

  • Heading Font: Poppins
  • Heading Font Weight: Semi Bold
  • Heading Text Alignment: Center
  • Heading Text Color: #000000
  • Heading Text Size: 5vw

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Spacing
Create an overlap between this module and the Text Module containing the oversized characters by adding some negative top margin.

  • Top Margin: -38vw

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Add Divider Module to Column
Visibility
The next module we need is a Divider Module. Make sure the ‘Show Divider’ option is enabled.

  • Show Divider: Yes

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Color
Then, go to the design tab and change the divider color.

  • Color: #000000

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Sizing
Modify the sizing settings as well.

  • Divider Weight: 13px
  • Width: 16px
  • Module Alignment: Center

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Spacing
Along with the padding values in the spacing settings.

  • Top Margin: 2vw
  • Bottom Margin: 2vw

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Add Text Module #2 to Column
Add Content
The next module we need is another Text Module. Enter some paragraph content of your choice.
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Text Settings
Then, go to the text settings and make some changes.

  • Text Font: Open Sans
  • Text Color: #000000
  • Text Size: 1vw (Desktop), 2vw (Tablet), 2.5vw (Phone)
  • Text Line Height: 1.9em
  • Text Orientation: Center

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Spacing
Add some custom margin values as well.

  • Top Margin: 3vw
  • Bottom Margin: 3vw (Desktop), 10vw (Tablet & Phone)
  • Left Margin: 27vw (Desktop), 10vw (Tablet), 8vw (Phone)
  • Right Margin: 27vw (Desktop), 10vw (Tablet), 8vw (Phone)

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Add Button Module to Column
Add Copy
The next and last module we need is a Button Module. Enter some copy of your choice.
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Alignment
Then, go to the design tab and modify the button alignment.

  • Button Alignment: Center

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Button Settings
Style the button to make it look exactly the way you want to.

  • Use Custom Styles for Button: Yes
  • Button Text Size: 1vw (Desktop), 2.5vw (Tablet), 3vw (Phone)
  • Button Text Color: #ffffff
  • Button Background Color: #000000
  • Button Border Width: 0px
  • Button Border Radius: 50px
  • Button Font: Open Sans
  • Font Weight: Ultra Bold
  • Font Style: Uppercase

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Spacing
And complete the design by adding some custom margin and padding values to the button.

  • Bottom Margin: 10vw
  • Top Padding: 15px
  • Bottom Padding: 15px
  • Left Padding: 50px
  • Right Padding: 50px

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Preview
Now that we’ve gone through all the steps, let’s take a final look at the outcome across different screen sizes.
Example #1
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Example #2
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Final Thoughts
In this post, we’ve shown you how to use oversized characters to create beautiful background masks with Divi. This is a great way to create customized and personalized web design without having to use any image editing software. If you have any questions or suggestions, make sure you leave a comment in the comment section below!
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