50223 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 2, 2007 12:53 PM by boksey
It's surprisingly easy. Put your image on the page, then (using the Wrap inspector) make sure it's defined as Fixed on Page, and uncheck Object Causes Wrap. Position and size it to your liking. Click on the Graphic inspector, then adjust the opacity slider so that the object fades enough so that you can see text over it. Click on Arrange > Send Backward. That's it. It's even easier using Pages 3.
By the way, if you want the watermark to repeat on every page, define it as a master object.
While the result is very good, a surprising number of steps are required to achieve the background visual effect. Another well known software manufacturer's word processing program can accomplish this by one simple function. In the effort to emulate all things Apple, they appear to have out-smarted Pages in this regard. But as has been pointed out, Pages '08 has apparently now improved the way to ad a watermark to one's Template.
Thanks for the very useful suggestions.