How To (Correctly) Add a DRAFT Watermark to Your PowerPoint Slides

Watermarks are great for indicating the status of your PowerPoint deck. We’ve all been asked to send our slides over to someone before they’re actually “ready,” and adding a text-based watermark like “DRAFT,” “CONFIDENTIAL,” or “DO NOT COPY” to our slides is a fantastic way to remind readers of the deck’s purpose. The problem is that most PowerPoint users tend to add text-based watermarks the wrong way.

Stop With The Crappy Watermarks

I’m willing to bet on one of two things. You’ve either made or received a deck with slides like the picture below.

The issue here is that the watermark does its job too well. We can see that this PowerPoint slide is indicated as a draft, and should not be regarded as a final copy. However, that’s all we can make out of the slide. We can’t read the text nor can we can’t process the slide’s visuals. Hell, we can’t do anything useful. All we have is a big “DRAFT” logo staring at me in the face.

What’s The Correct Way?

The key is to turn that watermark into something more subtle, where anyone can be able to process the watermark and the content of the PowerPoint slide simultaneously. Something a little more like the slide below.

The Tutorial to Correctly Add A Text-Based Watermark

The concept of this tutorial is to turn a text box into a PowerPoint shape. This is advantageous for two reasons. First, you can edit the crap out of it. Second, you can add transparency protocols to the shape itself, and therefore, correctly add text-based watermarks anywhere in your PowerPoint deck.

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What This PowerPoint Tutorial Will Cover

The video will teach you how to:

  • Create a subtle and practical text-based watermark for your PowerPoint slides.
  • Turn an ordinary text box into a recognized PowerPoint shape.
  • Add transparency protocols to your watermark.
  • Reinforce whatever theme you have with the appropriate fonts, colors, and text.

Check Out Some Other PowerPoint Tips

If you found this tutorial useful, the good news is Slide Cow covers loads of PowerPoint tips. For instance, you can have a look at my favorite 12 hotkeys that I use to edit text in PowerPoint. Or maybe you’re the kind of person who wants to find out how to save LOADS of time designing PowerPoint slides using some Smart Art hacks.

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