[OS X TeX] watermarks

Tine Wilde message at tinewilde.com
Sat Apr 29 02:27:54 EDT 2023

Hi Zbigniew Nitecki,

I use the following and it works for me:


Hope this helps,

Best, Tine


message at tinewilde.com

> On 29 Apr 2023, at 00:28, Herbert Schulz via MacOSX-TeX <macosx-tex at email.esm.psu.edu> wrote:
>> On Apr 28, 2023, at 4:24 PM, Nitecki, Zbigniew H. <Zbigniew.Nitecki at tufts.edu> wrote:
>> I have a long (500+ pp) book project that I want to watermark before distributing it locally. None of my standard references (Latex Companion, Latex Grphics Companion, Herbert Voss’s PSTricks) seem to have any information about watermarks. 
>> Can anyone suggest an effective quick-and-dirty way to accomplish this?  My document style is memoire and I use xcolor for colors.
>> I came across the draftwatermark package and thought it would be the solution to my problem.  
>> The simple command 
>> \usepackage{draftwatermark} 
>> does result in the default: the word “DRAFT” in fairly faint gray tilted 45 degrees in the middle of each page.  But it’s a bit too faint and small for me.
>> I tried this package with options on a small test file (using the documentclass article) involving one page consisting of a paragraph with a labelled quote inside.  Of course the bare-bones version works equally well on this test file. 
>> However, if I try to modify it, specifically
>> if I write the command as
>>  \usepackage[color={[gray](0.5)}, text=PRELIMINARY]{draftwatermark} 
>> in the same position (as the last of the \usepackage commands) in the small test file,
>> instead of printing “PRELIMINARY” as desired, the error  message 
>> “missing \begin{document}” is generated in the console, the labelled quote inside the paragraph gets messed up, and the text is preceded by “,2”.
>> If I restrict myself to 
>>  \usepackage[text=PRELIMINARY]{draftwatermark} 
>> it doesn’t recognize the option: I get the default behavior but the paragraph is preceded with “text=PRELIMINARY”.
>> If I augment the simple \usepackage{draftwatermark} command supplemented with 
>> \DraftwatermarkOptions{text=PRELIMINARY}  
>> either before or after \begin{document} the output is the same, because the command  \DraftwatermarkOptions  is an undefined command. 
>> Any ideas how to proceed?
>> Zbigniew Nitecki
>> Department of Mathematics
>> Tufts University
>> Medford, MA 02155
>> telephones:
>> Dept.    (617)627-3234
>> Dept. fax    (617)627-3966
>> http://www.tufts.edu/~znitecki/
> Howdy,
> Hmmm... the following example seems to work (well, the text is too large) and is basically copied from the documentation:
> % !TEX program = pdflatex
> \documentclass{article}
> \usepackage[svgnames]{xcolor}
> \usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
> \usepackage[color={[gray]{0.5}},text=PRELIMINARY]{draftwatermark}
> \usepackage{mathptmx}
> \usepackage{lipsum}
> \title{Sample document for the draftwatermark package}
> \author{}
> \begin{document}
> \maketitle
> \section{One}
> \lipsum[1-3]
> \section{Two}
> \lipsum[4-6]
> \section{Three}
> \lipsum[7-9]
> \end{document}
> I've got a fully updated TeX Live 2023 originally installed by MacTeX.
> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz
> herbs2 at mac.com
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