You’ve seen them, documents with a word or picture in the background with the text of the document running over the top of it. Just how do they do that, anyway? If you use Microsoft Word, placing a printed watermark in your document is easy.
What is a watermark anyway?
A true watermark is created during paper processing. Most standard paper doesn’t contain watermarks because it costs more to produce. However, fine papers often contain a true watermark. If you hold a piece of premium paper at an angle, you can often see the manufacturer’s name or logo. This is imprinted while the paper pulp is still wet.
Printed watermarks are created during the printing process. By using special inks or varnishes, you can print something that will only show up when the paper is held at a particular angle. Many checks use this as a security measure.
The type of printed watermark we are discussing here are text or graphics that are visible behind text in a document without obscuring the text. Now that we know what a watermark is, let’s look at creating one.
How to Create a Watermark in MS Word
Creating a watermark in Word is quite easy.