Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2012 10:35 PM (in response to MK Coolum Beach)
It's still available in Lion's version of Mail.
Open a New Message window in Mail. Then select Show Fonts from the Format menu.
In the Fonts screen, click the button for Document Color; a clor selection window will open. In that, choose the color you want for background.
Note - if you do this before entering any text in the New Message, you can save it as a Stationery item, which means you can select it from the Stationery menu in the future, saving many steps.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 12, 2012 3:34 PM (in response to Don Archibald)
Not for me, it doesn't. I choose a document color (black) and nothing changes. Changing text color does work. Running Lion 10.7.5, Mail 5.3.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 8, 2013 5:54 AM (in response to Don Archibald)
Hi Don ::
Thanks for pointing out this UI feature. Was able to do exactly what I needed.