Microsoft Publisher: Creating a Watermark


Microsoft Publisher 2007 and 2010 are the latest two versions of the Microsoft Publisher editions. It allows you to create texts and customize them. All the Publisher versions are compatible with Windows operating systems but only 2007 and 2010 are compatible with Windows XP.

It´s the perfect tool for your office and home if you are involved in text design projects.

You can get a free trial period for some versions before you decide to buy it and for other versions, you download them for free.

This publishing application is similar to other text editing programs such as Word, but the advantage is that it´s easier to use.

This transcription will demonstrate one of the functions of Microsoft Publisher. It is a step-by-step tutorial on how to create a transparent photo easily inside one of your program pages with the text overlay, or also referred as a watermark photo creation.

Here, we will be using a majestic four page graduated funeral program template that you see below. The first thing you want to do is go to the page that you want to create your watermark in. In this case, we are going to be placing our watermark photo on page 3.

So you are going to go down to the page numbers on the bottom left and click 3.

In this page, we have a photo box and the text box that are currently pre-designed on this page. What we need to do is we are going to take the current text box by clicking on the perimeter and just move it and set it aside for a moment.

Next, we are going to remove the “insert a photo here, if desired” text box by clicking on its perimeter and hitting “delete” on your keyboard.

Then we will take the remaining photo box and enlarge it to the size that we want the watermark photo to be. So in this case, we want the watermark to fill this entire page underneath the line at the top by dragging it and make the photo box as the size of this page.

After you select the page, go to “Format” – “Format AutoShape” – go to “Fill” – “Color” and select “Fill Effects”.

Now click on the “Picture” tab – “Select Picture” – and locate your desired photo on your computer.

Once you find your photo, hit “Insert”, and then click “OK” out of the “Fill Effects” pop-up.

In the “Format AutoShape” pop-up, you will see a transparency slider beneath the Fill Color.

Simply move the slider to the right to the desired percentage of the photo. In this case, I am going to choose 75%, where you can see a little preview on this small box right here.

Now, if you think your photo looks fine to you, then click OK, and your photo is now in a transparent state contained within a photo box.

Next, we are just going to click on the text box that we set aside from our earlier step, and simply drag and move it on top of your transparent photo.

Here, we can adjust the size, and the shape of the text that you wanted to be contained in.

So what we need to do is select the photo, and go to “Arrange” – “Order” – “Send to Back”, and we have now sent the transparent photo behind the existing text box on the page.

Now, we are free to edit the text box, and you can copy and paste your information into this text box, or type it directly.

And that’s all you need in creating a watermark transparent photo in Microsoft Publisher behind some text overlay.