This blog is part of my series Making Data Tell a Story With SSRS Properties.
Property: Background Image
The purpose of this property is to allow you to show an image in the background of a report, table, list, and more.
To access the property, go to Report, Body, Table, or Matrix properties and select Background Image.
The options are Source, Value, MIMEType, and BackgroundRepeat.
External – an image that can be accessed via a URL.
Embedded – an image that is part of the report definition.
Database – an image stored in a database, which is accessed through a dataset.
If External – the image URL.
If Embedded – the image name.
If Database – the dataset field that contains the image.
MIMEType: the image type – bmp, jpeg, gif, png, or x-png.
Repeat: both horizontal and vertical.
Clip: image appears once, anchored in top left corner.
Example: I want to add my company logo as the background to a report.
Choose the Body properties. I select an embedded JPEG, set to clip.
This is how the background image appears in Design mode:
This is how the background image appears in Preview mode:
Other use cases for this have been putting the words “DRAFT” or “CONFIDENTIAL” as a watermark on reports.