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Create a watermark using a Clip Art Gallery image

You can create a custom watermark by copying your favorite clip art into a document header. Here's a look at this creative technique.

While you can use Word's Printed Watermark dialog box to add a custom watermark to your document, Word also lets you create a watermark from any graphic object (SmartArt, charts, shapes, clip art, etc.) by simply copying the graphic into the Header window. Follow these steps to create a watermark from a copy of a picture taken from the Clip Art Gallery:

  1. Open a blank document.
  2. Go to Insert |Clip Art. (In Word 2007, click the Insert tab and select Clip Art in the Illustrations group.)
  3. Search for the desired clip art in the Clip Art task pane.
  4. Go to View | Header or footer. (In 2007, double-click the top of the page to access the Header area.)
  5. Click inside the Header window.
  6. In the Clip Art task pane, double-click the clip art picture you want as your watermark.
  7. Right click the portion of the picture in the header window and select Text Wrapping.

  1. Click the Behind Text option.
  2. Right-click the portion of the picture in the Header window and then select Send To Back.
  3. Click Send Behind Text.
  4. Click and drag the bottom-right picture handle to extend the picture into the middle of the document beyond the header.

You can also format the picture to make it more transparent. For example, in Word 2007, follow these steps:

  1. Double-click the Header to display the Header window.
  2. Right-click the picture in the Header window and then select Format Picture.
  3. Click the drop-down arrow of the Recolor button and click the first selection under Light variations. (Alternatively, you can choose Washout under Color Modes.)
  4. Click Close.


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22 comments
Beehindblueyes
Beehindblueyes

You can use the watermark option too but you can't adjust the color depth that way. This way you can choose how you want the colors :)

suhasdani9
suhasdani9

Thanks... good and useful information...

gilani.kashif
gilani.kashif

very good. I learnt it for the first time. thankx alot.

Dave51
Dave51

Anyone tried this on OOo yet?

fisico
fisico

Bastante util e interesante sobre todo practico, gracias.

dhays
dhays

Works, but is complicated, why not do it the standard way of adding a watermark? This method is too restrictive in that not every picture/drawing object is findable via the search for clip art function. It is much easier to go to format->background->watermark. Using the given method, I could not find anything but actual clip art using the search function and wildcards, I actually had to give a path to the "my pictures" directory and even then it didn't find anything but clip art, What about non-clip art objects such as photos, etc. that I might want to use?

bfsmith
bfsmith

Okay, that is just too cool! Can't wait to try it.

sschanzer
sschanzer

Very interesting but not accurate for Word 2003. It will work, but the options are not as described

Dan Fowler
Dan Fowler

I can remember mutiple times I wanted to do this and just could not make it work. Thanks!

stephanie
stephanie

I have been trying to figure this one out for a couple of days. Thanks!

lodestone
lodestone

It would have been helpful to have the instructions for formating the pic for Word 2003 as well as 2007 since the article started out covering 2003. Thanks. --Allen

Claes57
Claes57

You do know, that my word2k can: Format / Background / Effect / Picture (translated from danish - find it yourselves) That is watermark - without spoiling the header in doc.

jyothi
jyothi

Hi Mary, I am Jyothi here. I was looking for the same tip. Thanks for posting this. Had tried various ways of creating a watermark in the word, but today got to know how to do this. Thanks, Cheers, Jyo

gvca
gvca

This is a great suggestion. How about doing it with word art?

silvergrrl
silvergrrl

Since the title of the article is about using Clip Art Gallery images, I don't think this is a fair criticism. If you want to do a watermark with a piece of Clip Art from your gallery, this technique is easy and fast. Thanks for a great tip!

esmo
esmo

In word 2003: format\background\printed watermark\picture watermark (or text)\select picture. Fast and easy

AnswerMan
AnswerMan

Does this work in Word 2000 Premium? I tried several variations... can't get the picture to show (even partially) in the header window.

yulia
yulia

if i got it right for 2003 is much easier. open VIEW (Header and Footer), than paste the pic you want (not neccessary from clip art), than place the pic where u want it to have. Thank right click on the pic chose -format picture- in opened window chose LAYOUT text wrapping (in front of the pic). click ok. Than on picture toolbar make it lighter or darker - as u want. and that's all. d i got it right?

Super_Geek
Super_Geek

Although you are correct in that a watermark can be achieved in the method you described, the effect outlined in this article is much more custom and allows for more options to get the effect you are looking for. For instance, in Word 2007, all you have to do is go to "page layout" tab and just click watermark to add it to your document, but you may be upset to learn that if you choose a picture, you can't change it to black and white or put it diagonal, really customize it much at all for that matter.

Gday
Gday

The method described will only give a restrictive watermark. The Header method is much more tailorable and effective