Watermarks and backgrounds can add visual interest or communicate ideas without overpowering the primary text.
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Watermarks and backgrounds have a somewhat similar purpose in that they can both be used to add visual interest in the background of your document without overpowering the text. However, their form and function veer off from there.
The most significant difference between the two types of images is that watermarks are intended to appear in printed documents, behind the text, while backgrounds are used in Web pages. In addition, watermarks offer the capability to add additional text behind the main text, for example, "Confidential."
The next two sections describe how to add watermarks and backgrounds, and show some examples of the effects you can achieve. You'll also get to experiment with both types of effects in the practice session at the end of the lesson.