Adobe FrameMaker: Adding a Watermark
From one of our recent Adobe FrameMaker students:
How do you watermark a page in FrameMaker?
While this seems like a simple enough activity, she was tripped up by one unexpected default. Here’s the process:
1. Create the watermark graphic in your favorite graphics application. (Personally, I’d lean towards Illustrator because it’s the simplest, and it’s now part of the Technical Communications Suite 4, but you could create it in Photoshop if you prefer. Just delete the background layer so that you have transparency behind the text if you use Photoshop.)
2. Click in the margin of the page where you would like to add the watermark. (For a repeating watermark, add it to a master page. If you’d like it to appear on just one page, click on the appropriate body page.)
Behind, you say? It sure looks like it’s on top. It’s not. The real problem is that FrameMaker assigns runaround properties (aka, text wrap) automatically to all imported graphics. The image is behind the text, but it’s pushing the text out of the way.
This isn’t the first time that the runaround default has tripped up one of our Adobe FrameMaker students. If you start seeing text moving around (or disappearing) after placing an image, this is most likely the culprit.