How to Create a Watermark in Publisher

By Techwalla Computers Editor

Before, after or while creating a Microsoft Publisher document, you may wish to add a watermark to one or all of the pages within that document. The watermark will be inserted as a picture, set to be transparent and then sent to be the background of the document. Follow the steps below to create a watermark in Microsoft Publisher.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Publisher 2003

Step 1

Open a Microsoft Publisher document that you would like to add a watermark to or create a new document by selecting an option on the "New Publication" task pane that appears after starting Microsoft Publisher.

Step 2

Insert the picture that you would like to change into a watermark by choosing the "Insert" menu and pointing to "Picture." Choose the method you would like to use to insert a picture into your Publisher document, either as a clip art image or a picture you have saved in your files.

Step 3

Right-click on top of the inserted picture and choose "Format Picture" from the shortcut menu to open the "Format Picture" dialog box.

Step 4

Click the "Picture" tab in the "Format Picture" dialog box and locate the "Image control" section of the dialog box.

Step 5

Choose "Washout" from the "Color" drop-down menu in the "Image control" section and click the "Recolor..." button to open the "Recolor Picture" dialog box.

Step 6

Use your mouse to click the "Apply" button and then the "OK" button to close the "Recolor Picture" dialog box. This will take you back to the "Format Picture" dialog box where you can now click "OK" to close it and add the watermark.

Step 7

Right-click on top of the watermark and choose "Order" and then click on "Send to Back" on the shortcut menu to send the watermark to the back of the Publisher document.