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How To: Remove the gray overlay of the story cover in ArcGIS StoryMaps?


When the cover layout is set to Full Full icon. in ArcGIS StoryMaps, a gray overlay automatically displays to create a contrast with the image or video to make the title more legible.

ArcGIS StoryMaps story builder cover layout in Full.

To remove the gray overlay from the cover and the title, set the story cover to Minimal or Side-by-side.


  1. Log in to ArcGIS StoryMaps.
  2. Browse to the story, click Quick actions Quick actions icon. > Edit.
  3. In the story builder header, click Design.
  4. In the Design pane, under Cover, select Minimal Minimal icon. or Side-by-side Side-by-side icon. as the story cover layout. In this example, Minimal is selected as the story cover.
ArcGIS StoryMaps story builder page.

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Last Published: 1/30/2023

Article ID: 000029136

Software: ArcGIS StoryMaps Current