Bug 136056 - Watermark in Exported PDF File
Summary: Watermark in Exported PDF File
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 54053
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Printing and PDF export (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All Linux (All)
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Blocks: PDF-Export
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Reported: 2020-08-24 01:10 UTC by larrybradley
Modified: 2021-04-20 08:13 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Screenshot with watermark via PDF options (left) and document function (right) (154.32 KB, image/png)
2021-04-20 07:12 UTC, Heiko Tietze

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Description larrybradley 2020-08-24 01:10:34 UTC
The watermark created in an exported PDF file is garish and unprofessional-looking: Loud color, too large, and vertical orientation. Prefer grey, smaller footprint, and diagonal lettering. I need watermarks on my document, but am embarrassed to send out documents that look like a caterpillar puked on them. Sorry for the negativity, but I'm guessing most people feel the same way.

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Export to pdf and choose watermark function.

Actual Results:
Functionally, works fine. Visually, bleh.

Expected Results:
Produce a professional-looking watermark that I am not embarrassed to send to clients. 

Reproducible: Always

User Profile Reset: No

Additional Info:
[Information automatically included from LibreOffice]
Locale: en-US
Module: TextDocument
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OS: Linux (All)
OS is 64bit: yes
Comment 1 Heiko Tietze 2021-04-20 07:12:58 UTC
Created attachment 171298 [details]
Screenshot with watermark via PDF options (left) and document function (right)

Agreed, this vertical green text is not a watermark. 

But diagonal text might not cover everything, and maybe people like to change the font. And if we bring all the options from the document's watermark function into the PDF dialog it clutters unnecessarily

So I wonder if removing the "Sign with watermark" option from the PDF dialog is the better way.
Comment 2 Heiko Tietze 2021-04-20 07:13:38 UTC
Miklos, Samuel: What do you think?
Comment 3 Miklos Vajna 2021-04-20 07:32:45 UTC
Adding watermark at a pdf export level is public API, so you can't just remove it, I fear. Mass-converting a long list of documents to PDF with some custom options is a popular use-case of our public API.

Why not just bring the default look of that PDF watermark closer to what we generate via the UI? I think that's a fair request.
Comment 4 Heiko Tietze 2021-04-20 07:48:54 UTC
Fair enough and much better than what we have. 

The default is Liberation Sans, 45°, #C0C0C0 (grey). Font size is adjusted to fill the whole page without wrapping. 
Don't know if the angle is inverted on pure RTL documents.

Could imagine a button that opens the watermark dialog from PDF options to change the appearance.
Comment 5 Timur 2021-04-20 08:13:34 UTC
Looks duplicate to me.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 54053 ***