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Chapter 17. Formatting Layouts Using Tex... > Using Backgrounds and Watermarks

Using Backgrounds and Watermarks

To add information or visual interest to your documents, you can add backgrounds and watermarks to online and printed documents. Backgrounds are generally used to create back-drops for Web pages, online documents, and e-mail messages and usually aren’t optimal for printing. You can view backgrounds in all views except Normal view and Outline view. If you want to create a more print-friendly background, you should consider creating a watermark. A watermark is faded text or a pale picture that appears behind document text. Watermarks are often used to add visual appeal to a document or to identify a document’s status, such as “Draft” or “Confidential.” You can see watermarks in Print Layout view, Print Preview, or in printed documents. In this section of the chapter, you’ll learn how to create, control, and delete backgrounds and watermarks in your Web pages and printed documents.

Creating Backgrounds and Watermarks

You can create custom backgrounds and watermarks for online pages (including Web pages and e-mail messages) as well as printed documents. When you create a background for a document, you can use color gradients, patterns, pictures, solid colors, or textures that repeat, or tile, to fill the page. When you create a watermark, you can use a light-colored picture (usually gray) or light-colored text to appear behind your document’s contents. If you use text, you can choose from built-in phrases or enter your own.


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