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Hour 17. Manipulating Images > Adding a Watermark to Your Document

Adding a Watermark to Your Document

If you want an image to appear behind your text, you might want to format it as a watermark. When you do this, Word washes out the colors in the image to make the text on top of it legible. Word provides two options for creating a watermark: You can use tools on the Picture toolbar to turn an image that's already in your document into a watermark, or you can use the Printed Watermark dialog box. One advantage of the first option is that it lets you put the watermark on some pages of a multiple-page document, but not on others. (In contrast, the second option automatically places the watermark on all pages of a multiple-page document.) An advantage of the second option is that it allows you to create a text watermark.

Formatting an Image Already In Your Document As a Watermark

If you just use the Behind Text text-wrapping option to send an image behind the text of your document but don't alter the colors of the image, the text on top of it may be hard to read. Figure 17.14 shows an announcement that's overlaid on top of a leaf image. The image was originally black and white, but formatting it as a watermark turned the black to a light gray.


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