Add a watermark that appears on every page

In Microsoft Office Publisher 2007, you can simulate the translucence of a traditional watermark by adding text or images to the background of a page.

What do you want to do?


Add a text watermark

Add words such as draft or sample to the pages in a publication by using this simple technique.

  1. On the View menu, click Master Page.
  2. In the Edit Master Pages task pane, point to the name of the master page that you want to add the watermark to, click the arrow, and then click Edit.
  3. On the Objects toolbar, click Text Box Button image.

 Note   If the Objects toolbar isn't open, click Toolbars on the View menu, and then click Objects.

  1. On the master page, click to create the text box.
  2. Type the text that you want, and then select the text.
  3. On the Format menu, click Font.
  4. In the Font dialog box, click the arrow next to the Color list, and then click Fill Effects.
  5. In the Fill Effects dialog box, click a tint of the color that is 30 percent or lighter.

 Note   You can change the color by clicking the arrow next to Base color and then choosing one of the color options.

 Tip   To simulate a traditional watermark, select Emboss or Engrave under Effects in the Font dialog box.

  1. To return to a publication page, click Close Master View on the Edit Master Pages toolbar.

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Add a graphic watermark

Images, sized from small to full-page, serve as effective backgrounds for text when the text color contrasts consistently with the image's colors. You can use a picture, clip art, or other image, such as a company logo. First, you add a frame to the page. Then you insert the image into the frame. Finally, you format the image.

Set up the frame

  1. On the View menu, click Master Page.
  2. In the Edit Master Pages task pane, point to the name of the master page that you want to add the watermark to, click the arrow, and then click Edit.
  3. On the Objects toolbar, click Picture Frame Button image, and then click Empty Picture Frame Button image.

 Note   If the Objects toolbar isn't open, click Toolbars on the View menu, and then click Objects.

  1. Click the place in your publication where you want to locate the picture, and then drag the Adjust handle of the empty picture frame until you have the size that you want.

The dimension of the square that you create determines the longest side of the picture. The picture that you insert into the picture frame will reduce or enlarge so that its longer side fits the edge of the picture frame.

Add the image

To add the image, do one of the following:

Insert clip art

  1. Right-click the empty picture frame, point to Change Picture, and then click Clip Art.
  2. In the Clip Art task pane, type a search term into the Search for box, and then click Go.
  3. Click one of the displayed clips to insert it into your publication.

Insert a picture from a file on your computer

  1. Right-click the empty picture frame, point to Change Picture, and then click From File.
  2. In the Insert Picture dialog box, locate the folder that contains the picture that you want to insert, and then click the picture to select it.
  3. Do one of the following:

Insert a picture from a scanner or camera

  1. Right-click the empty picture frame, point to Change Picture, and then select the device that you want to use (if you have multiple devices attached to your computer).
  2. Do one of the following:
  • If the selected device is a scanner and you want to use default settings for scanning the image, click Web Quality (for pictures that you want to display on a screen) or Print Quality (for pictures that you want to print), and then click Insert to scan your picture.

 Note   If the Insert button is unavailable, the scanner software might not support an automatic scan. Click Custom Insert instead.

  • If the selected device is not a scanner (for example, if it is a digital camera), or if you want to customize any settings before you scan the picture, click Custom Insert, and then follow the instructions that come with the device that you're using.
  1. Do one of the following:

Format the image

To reduce the emphasis on the picture so that it doesn't distract from objects on publication pages, adjust the colors in the picture.

  1. Right-click the picture, and then click Format Picture on the shortcut menu.
  2. Click the Picture tab, and then do one of the following:

 Note   If your publication uses spot colors, More Colors is not available.

To return to a publication page, click Close Master View on the Edit Master Pages toolbar.

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Add a WordArt watermark

The process for adding a WordArt watermark is similar to the process for adding text as a watermark to your publication.

  1. On the View menu, click Master Page.
  2. In the Edit Master Pages task pane, point to the name of the master page that you want to add the watermark to, click the arrow, and then click Edit.
  3. On the Objects toolbar, click Insert WordArt Button image.

 Note   If the Objects toolbar isn't open, click Toolbars on the View menu, and then click Objects.

  1. Select the WordArt style that you want, and then click OK.
  2. In the Edit WordArt Text dialog box, type and format the text that you want, and then click OK.
  3. On the WordArt toolbar, click Format WordArt Button image, and then click the Colors and Lines tab.
  4. Select the colors that you want, and then increase the transparency setting to at least 70 percent.
  5. To return to a publication page, click Close Master View on the Edit Master Pages toolbar.

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Add a different watermark to a set of pages

When your publication uses only one master page and you add a watermark to that master page, the watermark appears on every page of your publication. To add a watermark that appears on selected pages only, place the text or picture on the publication pages instead of on the master page, and then send the picture or text box to the back.

To add a different watermark to a set of pages, such as a chapter or a book signature, create different master pages, insert the appropriate watermark into each master page, and then apply each master page to the appropriate range of publication pages. You can also add a watermark across a two-page master page.

Find links to more information about master pages in the See Also section.

 Tip   If a watermark is placed behind other objects on the page, the objects that are hiding it may be opaque. To make an opaque object transparent, click the object to select it (if the object is a table, select the entire table), and then press CTRL+T. If the object is opaque, it becomes transparent; if the object is already transparent, it becomes white.

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Applies to:
Publisher 2007