Bug 54053 - PDF export: enhance watermarking feature with color, transparency, size and location
Summary: PDF export: enhance watermarking feature with color, transparency, size and l...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Printing and PDF export (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: needsDevEval
: 90814 136056 (view as bug list)
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Blocks: Page-Watermark
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Reported: 2012-08-25 12:13 UTC by Valter Mura
Modified: 2021-04-20 08:44 UTC (History)
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Description Valter Mura 2012-08-25 12:13:32 UTC
The new watermark option is useful, but I would like more control on it:

- choose of color
- possibility of transparency
- position and size on document page 

Best regards,
Comment 1 Cor Nouws 2013-06-03 10:04:39 UTC
good idea's - thanks Valter.
(maybe need to be three issues ot track the code contributions? )
Comment 2 Zeki Bildirici 2013-09-17 15:26:37 UTC

This was one of the missing features in corporate usage of Writer. We produce a lot of documents with text watermarks(draft, copy, classified etc). 

However there is not an easy way to add, current solutions are some kind of workaround. 

Enhancement on text watermarks will be very good.

Best regards,
Comment 3 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2013-10-29 04:28:24 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 4 Joel Madero 2014-02-27 22:55:32 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 5 Akhilesh 2014-11-04 12:21:10 UTC
No easy way to introduce watermarks

Using a photo editing app to create a watermark and then importing it is unacceptable as it creates a photo editing app as a dependency

Microsoft Office and Kingsoft office have an easy an efficient workflow of inserting watermarks
Comment 6 Edmund Laugasson 2015-05-23 15:01:24 UTC
Using 64-bit Linux Mint Cinnamon 17.1 with 4.0.4-040004-generic kernel
LibreOffice version:
Build ID: 0a16c3dda4150008d9be6f24cbd15ac198d116d3
Locale: et-EE (et_EE.UTF-8)

There is a frame style called watermark in and also in

There is possible:
* Insert->Frame
* design as you want: choose the frame/text size, color, alignment and other parameters
* apply watermark style to the frame.

Current problem in (possibly also in older versions) is that mouse cursor do not change the shape when is on top of watermark frame border. Therefore it is quite hard to activate watermarked panel later.

And there is no rotate feature for the panel. Only for text box but there is no way to set text box as watermark. Rotation should be possible whatever graphical object. Also making gradient (fill with color).

I would propose to add watermark mode into Writer like there is master slide in Impress. Then there would be visible notification during the watermark mode is active. Then I can do whatever program allows to do and when exiting watermark mode - all I did, will be shown as watermark. I would like to use also image, embedded object, drawing object (e.g. also copied from Draw) etc as watermark.
Comment 7 Buovjaga 2015-05-23 16:36:44 UTC
*** Bug 90814 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 8 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2015-12-13 11:21:09 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 9 Roeland 2016-05-28 13:40:17 UTC
If someone would start working on this, Miklos Vajna did some work that might be usefull for this.

See his blog post: http://vmiklos.hu/blog/classification-toolbar.html

"I would like to point out that the watermark is a proper scalable customshape, not a poor bitmap. :-) Perhaps this part could be extracted to a separate Add Watermark feature later, as I think it’s quite useful on its own as well."
Comment 10 Timur 2017-10-16 16:25:50 UTC
I change the title to "PDF export" because it's not clear, except Component, and to avoid confusion with Bug 88774, where watermark is available now.
Comment 11 Timur 2021-04-20 08:13:34 UTC
*** Bug 136056 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 12 Heiko Tietze 2021-04-20 08:44:39 UTC
My take: keep the dialog clean. We should default to the same settings as on the document's watermark dialog (45°, grey) but at max provide access to this dialog from the PDF options and not show every attribute.