Learn how to add a PowerPoint watermark, like a draft or a confidentiality stamp, so that it shows up on all of your slides as a slide background.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS: 0:00 Introduction to watermarking 0:25 Two important questions about watermarks in PowerPoint 0:53 How to add text as a watermark 4:06 Add a picture as a watermark in PowerPoint 5:42 Making a watermark not editable as a background 11:32 Tile picture as a texture for your watermark 12:20 Reviewing your watermark in the Normal view
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PowerPoint Tutorial Watermarking Description:
A watermark in PowerPoint is a text background that informs people that your presentation is either DRAFT or CONFIDENTIAL or TOP SECRETE or PROJECT ALPHA or whatever.
The point of a watermark stamp is to inform your colleagues the status of your document, so that they don't for example, send the DRAFT presentation onto a client or colleague as final, or accidentally share a CONFIDENTIAL file outside of your organization.
Whatever kind of watermark you are adding to your slides as a background image, the first questions you want to ask yourself before you start making it are:
1. Do you want your watermark on all of your PowerPoint slides as a background image, or just on a few of them?
2. Do you want your watermark to be editable in the normal view, or do you want it to be non-editable?
The reason these questions are important is they determine where you add the draft or confidential watermark within your presentation as the background image.
Assuming you want your draft or confidential stamp on all of your slides as a text background that is NOT editable, you want to add the watermark on your PowerPoint slide master.
If you just want your draft watermark on a single slide, simply add the watermark on the child slide layout within your slide master (see video for instructions).
If you want your draft watermark on all of your slides within you presentation, you'll want to add it to the Parent Slide (see video for instructions and demo).
Two methods for adding your watermark stamp are:
1. You can add the stamp using text, creating a text background 2. You can add the stamp using an image, creating an image background (in this case it will be draft picture instead of draft text)
Which ever method you choose, you want to make sure that your stamp is sent to the back of your slide, so that your draft or confidential watermark shows up behind everything else on your slide.
If you use a draft picture to create your stamp, I recommend using the picture tools to washout the picture, so that it actually looks like a draft stamp. If your image is too sharp, your stamp will be too distracting.
Remember, you are just trying to indicate the status of a document (draft, confidential, top secret, etc.) you are not trying to have the stamp or watermark, dominate your slide.
To see a step-by-step walk through of how to make a watermark in PowerPoint, see the blog post below: https://nutsandboltsspeedtraining.com/powerpoint-tutorials/how-to-make-a-watermark/
► How to make the slide background an image ► How to paste text as a picture ► How to change the slide background ► How to tile your background as a pattern ► How to get missing watermarks to appear ► How to push your watermark behind the content on your slide ► What to do if your watermark is hidden on certain slides
To learn more about how to create a PowerPoint template step-by-step, see our detailed blog post below:. https://nutsandboltsspeedtraining.com/powerpoint-tutorials/how-to-create-a-powerpoint-template/
If you have any questions about adding a stamp or watermark in PowerPoint, let me know in the comment section below.
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