Draft watermark

Chris's picture

Good day. Is it possible to insert a bold text "INITIAL DRAFT" diagonally across a document in SWP 5.5?

Here is what I found in my

Here is what I found in my email after a search for watermark:

     Here is a reply I have previously sent to someone asking the same question about adding a watermark.  I haven't tested this recently, so when I did test the package I was probably using Version 5.5.  This solution should work when compiling for PDF.  It is not expected to work if compiling for DVI.
     The package is draftwatermark. It needs the package everypage. The source for the packages can be found on CTAN at http://tug.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/draftwatermark/ and http://tug.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/everypage/.  You can place the files in any directory below TCITeX\TeX. To match the other CTAN packages included with SW, you can create the directories TCITeX\TeX\LaTeX\contrib\draftwatermark and TCITeX\TeX\LaTeX\contrib\everypage and place the .sty files in the corresponding directories.
     Using draftwatermark is fairly easy. First, add the package to your document. You will need to use "Going native" method described at http://www.mackichan.com/techtalk/455.htm. You can define the \SetWatermarkText macro in the document preamble to change the text that is typeset. For example, to use "Confidential" instead of "Draft" as the watermark, place the following in the document preamble:
     You can replace Confidential with whatever text you want to use.
     This is not the only possible solution as there are some other packages available on CTAN.


The above is from more than a year ago, and I'm not sure how old the original reply is.  I haven't checked any of the links, but they should still work or a search on CTAN should find the packages.  This is a different solution than mentioned in Barry's reply, reiterating that there is more than one solution to this issue.

Chris's picture

Thanks, Barry and George.

Thanks, Barry and George. Manage to get it to work on my document.

Barry MacKichan's picture

Yes. In 6.0, use the

Yes. In 6.0, use the watermark.frg fragment.

In 5.5, you need to include the watermark package and control the text with a TeX macro. The details are availabe by running "texdoc watermark".

Version 6 uses another package, xwatermark. If you use the watermark package there, it puts

"\usepackage{xwatermark}" in the preamble and "\newwatermark[pagex={1},fontfamily=phv,color=gray!25,angle=45,scale=3,xpos=0,ypos=0]{DRAFT}" in the body of the document. You can replace "DRAFT" with whatever you want. "texdoc xwatermark" give the documentation.