In your business procedures, you may often want to use existing forms as patterns for creating new ones. You can easily do this by scanning the exising form into the computer, displaying it as background picture, and copying it over. In the Form Painter, you can use windows to copy over the output areas of a form; in the Table Painter, you can use cells to copy over templates. This section describes how to do it.
You must import any graphics into the SAP System using Administering Form Graphics (transactionSE78 ):
The transaction imports the graphic and stores it on the Business Document Server (BDS). Now you can display it in a form.
Without this setting, SAP Smart Forms cannot display a background picture in the Table Painter, because then the vertical position of the template in the window depends on previous, possibly dynamic, output.
If you encounter problems when trying to set the vertical alignment, save your Smart Form, exit SAP Smart Forms completely, and call the form again. See also Note 375087 in the SAPNet.
The background graphic appears in the Table Painter. The right and left margins in the Table Painter, as usual, correspond to the right and left window borders. Copy over the lines of the pattern. To draw lines more exact, deactivate the Align With Grid attribute in the Table Painter.
With complex patterns, divide the page into several windows. This makes it easier to copy over the individual smaller patterns.