Add a watermark to a photo with Publisher

If you want to stamp your photographs with your name or another identifying mark, you can add a watermark.

Adding a watermark by using Publisher involves three main tasks: Adding the watermark, formatting it so that it looks transparent, and then grouping and saving the photograph.

After you set up the watermark for the first photograph, you can stamp other photographs quickly by ungrouping the watermark and then changing the photograph.

In this article


Add the watermark

  1. Open a new, blank Publisher file.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Objects group, click Picture.

Objects group on the Home tab

  1. Browse to the photograph that you want to add a watermark to, click the photograph, and then click Insert.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click WordArt, and then click the shape that you want to use for your watermark.

Office 14 Ribbon

  1. In the Edit WordArt Text dialog box, type the text for your watermark, and then click OK.
  2. Select the watermark, and then drag it to the position that you want.

Format the watermark

  1. On the WordArt Tools tab, click the WordArt Styles Dialog Box Launcher.

WordArt Styles Dialog Box Launcher

  1. In the Color list under Fill, click No Fill, or click the color you want for the watermark text and slide the Transparency slider to 80 percent.
  2. In the Color list under Line, click the color that you want for the outline of the watermark text, and then click OK.
  3. On the WordArt Tools tab, in the Arrange group, click the arrow next to Bring Forward, and then click Bring to Front.

Bring to front on the Bring Forward menu

Save the watermarked photograph

  1. Press CTRL+A to select the WordArt and the photograph, and then click Group in the Arrange group.

Group on the Arrange tab

  1. Right-click the photograph, click Save as Picture, and save the watermarked photograph with a new name.

Quickly add a watermark to another photograph

  1. In Publisher, select the photograph that has the watermark.
  2. On the Picture Tools tab, in the Arrange group, click Ungroup.
  3. Right click the picture, and then click Change Picture.
  4. Browse to a new picture, click it, and then click Insert.
  5. Press CTRL+A to select the WordArt and the photograph, and then click Group in the Arrange group.
  6. Right-click the photograph, click Save as Picture, and save the watermarked photograph with a new name.

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Applies to:
Publisher 2010