A watermark refers to text or a graphic
that appears behind text, usually appearing on every page of a document.
For example, the word CONFIDENTIAL, the word DRAFT, or a picture that illustrates
Adding Text Watermarks on One Page
The following instructions can be used in both Word 2000
and Word 2002.
to the page where you want the watermark to appear.
the Drawing toolbar (View – Toolbars – Drawing).
on the blue upper case A on the Drawing
toolbar. This opens up the WordArt Gallery.
a style from the gallery. Keep it simple (for example, the first or second
item in the gallery).
in your text. Change font and font size if required.
text should now appear in the document. Position, direction and colour can
now be modified.
- 10. The
WordArt toolbar should be visible when your WordArt object is selected. If
not, right-click on the WordArt object and choose Show WordArt Toolbar.
objects can be rotated, either using a free rotate, or specifying an angle.
To do a free rotate, click the Free Rotate icon on the Drawing
toolbar (it looks like a circular arrow). Then grab the text by one of its
handles, and drag. Keep dragging until it looks about right.
Tip : For Word 2002, the Rotate button is built into the object. There
is no need to select it from the Drawing toolbar first.
To specify an angle measurement for your text, right-click
the object and choose Format WordArt. Click the Size tab. Enter a measurement
in the Rotation box (eg 45). Click OK.
next step is to change the colour of the text, so that the body text can
be read through it. This is also done via the Format WordArt dialogue box
(right-click the WordArt object and select Format WordArt).
the Colours and Lines tab.
on the drop-down menu next to Line Colour, and choose No Line.
on the drop-down menu next to Fill Colour, and choose More Colours. From
the palette displayed, choose a soft colour (remembering that it will print
out as a shade of grey on a standard laser printer). Click on OK and OK again,
to return to your document and check the results.
modify text wrapping. Click the dog icon in the WordArt toolbar. Select Behind
Text from the drop-down list.
Adding a Graphic on One Page
You need to have a graphic in mind, and
know its location. The graphic can be recoloured ahead of time, or from within
Word. Recolouring is needed so text can be easily read through it.
to the page where the graphic is to appear.
on View – Zoom. Choose Whole Page, and OK. This allows you to move the picture
to the right position on the page, because you can see the whole page.
on Insert – Picture - From File to use a file that resides on your hard disk
or a server drive.
your picture, and click on OK.
picture should now be visible. At this stage, your picture may look small,
and the text won't be "in front" of it. You need to do some formatting.
first step is some judicious resizing. If the file is a bmp, jpg or gif,
resizing larger can make it appear blurry, although making is smaller should
the picture has been resized, position it as required.
right-click on the picture and choose Format Picture.
on the Picture tab and choose Watermark from the drop-down menu next to Colour.
This will change your picture's brightness so that the text won't be hidden.
This step is optional if your picture has already been edited to appear pale.
on the Wrapping tab and choose None. Click on OK. Now your picture is getting
closer to what it should look like.
on the picture again, and choose Order - Send Behind Text.
the difference between the two cursors you will see - the normal I-beam cursor
means you can click and edit your text. The four-headed arrow means you can
click on the picture to select it. Find a blank space, free of text, in order
to select the picture for any further formatting.
you cannot select your picture, click on the Arrow button on the Drawing
toolbar first. Then click on the picture. Or zoom in and find a place where
the text is not overlapping, and then select the picture.
On Every Page
To add a watermark (picture or text) to
every page of the document, first choose View – Header and Footer. Then click
the Show/Hide Document Text icon in the Header and Footer toolbar.
Now follow the same steps as above, for
picture or text, to have it appear on every page.
Word 2002 Watermarks
Word 2002 has a quick way to add watermarks.
on Format – Background – Printed Watermark.
the dialogue box, select from Picture Watermark or Text Watermark.
selecting a picture watermark, click the Select Picture button. Navigate
to your picture. Check that Washout is ticked to allow the text to display
over the top.
selecting Text watermark, you can either type in your text or select from
the drop-down menu. You can also select the font, size, colour and layout
(diagonal or horizontal).
OK when done.
To remove the watermark, click Format – Background – Printed
Watermark. Select No Watermark.
The next article is about using clipart in Word documents.
You will be amazed at the possibilities J.