Watermarking I

Lots of questions around watermarking documents recently - I had a bit of a breakthrough last week on how to create dynamic watermarks using one of those Easter Eggs I mentioned a while back. But before we get too far along lets start at the beginning, what do we mean by 'watermark' - for those who have not seen one - not many of you I hope. Its a piece of text or an image that is striped through a document. Its generally 'greyed' or partially transparent and appears behind the main document.


Watermark1:


that was a piece of static text, you can also use an image.


Watermark2:


So how do you add one - kinda depends on your version of MSWord you're using. I have to admit to being a 2003 user, my 2000 version has given up the ghost on my laptop. So, Im chickening out of trying to get it working and grab screen shots - Microsoft document it really well here - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/211324.


For those of you using 2003 its a little simpler.


1. Format > Background > Printed Watermark


Watermark3:


2. This pops a dialog -


Watermark4:


Select Image or Text Watermark. For image you just find the image you want - remember to get a transparent gif format if you dont want an ugly fill around the image (see above). For the text you can either pick a seeded string or enter your own.


3. Now 'OK' out of the dialog and your done.


If you want to modify the size or angle of the watermark just double click on the header or View > Header/Footer. The image or text (actually a WordArt object) can be edited, moved, sized, etc.


Pretty straight forward stuff - there is a caveat thou, it will only currently work for PDF outputs.


Next ... dynamic and conditional watermarking


  


 


 

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