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How to add a watermark to a drawing
Microsoft Word Watermark
Right click over the sheet and pick Edit Sheet Format, as shown in Figure 1.
In the Insert Object dialog box, under Object Type, pick Microsoft Word Picture, as shown in Figure 2. Then, click OK,
A Word document will open. In the Word document, pull down the “Format” menu and pick Background – Printed Watermark.
To insert a text watermark, click the Text watermark radio button. Then, pick the text you want from the pull down. Note that you can also type in any text that you want, as shown in Figure 3. To insert a picture as a watermark, click the Picture Watermark radio button, and then select your picture.
Select any additional options that you want, and then click OK. In the Edit Picture" toolbar, click Close Picture, as shown in Figure 4.
The watermark is imported into your drawing. Drag the watermark to place it where you want, as shown in Figure 5.
Finally, right click over the sheet again and pick Edit Sheet to exit out of the sheet format. Remember that you can use this technique to create the watermark as part of a Drawing Document Template.
Manually Add a Watermark
In a drawing, right click over the sheet and pick Edit Sheet Format. Pull down the "Insert" menu and pick Annotations – Note. Place the note on the drawing where you want the watermark to appear. Set the formatting, including the text angle and text color. Once you set the note the way that you want it, click the green check mark button in the Note PropertyManager. Next, right click on the note and pick Make Block, as shown in Figure 6.
That's it! Right
click over the sheet again and pick Edit Sheet to exit out of the
sheet format. You watermark is now underneath everything on your drawing.
Note that you can save your block for use on multiple drawings or for use on
a Drawing Document Template.
Remember, this is just for looks. In other words, the sheet background image will not print. If you want a picture to print in a drawing, pull down the “Insert” menu and pick Picture. Open the picture of your choice and use the Sketch Picture PropertyManager to adjust the picture.
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