How to Put a Watermark in Publisher 2010

By Paul Lin

Bank notes have several distinctive watermarks that can only be seen when held up to a light source.
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Watermarks are used primarily on professional documents such as banknotes, passports and other important documents to prevent counterfeiting and prove authenticity. With Microsoft Publisher 2010, users can apply text and graphic watermarks to the background of documents and images. To simulate the transparent effect of a traditional watermark in Microsoft Publisher 2010, you must import the image or create the text you want to watermark and apply a few simple formatting effects.

Graphic Watermark

Step 1

Click on the "Insert" tab located across the top toolbar of the window and scroll over the "Picture" option in the drop-down menu. Select "Insert Picture" and a finder window will appear.

Step 2

Locate and select image file in the finder window and press the "OK" button to import the image into Microsoft Publisher.

Step 3

Right-click on the image and select the "Format Picture" option from the drop-down menu.

Step 4

Click the "Picture" tab and choose the "Washout" format. The washout look gives the image its watermark texture. Finalize the creation of your watermark by clicking the "OK" button in the bottom-right corner of the pop-out window.

Text Watermark

Step 1

Go to the page where you want to place the text watermark. Click on the "Insert" tab at the top of the page and select the "Draw Text Box" from the drop-down menu.

Step 2

Left-click on the page to create a text box and type in the text you want to display as your watermark.

Step 3

Click on the "Text Box Tools" tab in the "Font" section and select the "Font Color" option in the drop-down menu.

Step 4

Click on "Fill Effects" from the slide-out menu and select a tint color thirty percent or lighter. Click "OK" to apply the changes.

Step 5

Find and select the "Emboss" option from the "Effects" group to add the look of a traditional text watermark.

Step 6

Left-click outside the text box and move the text watermark to your location by clicking on the border of the text box and dragging it into the desired position.