As a fantasy author, I often have to send my manuscripts out to people for beta-reading purposes. This can be a vague proposition when you have an unfamiliar person who wants to be part of the process. However, the beta-reading aspect of my work is crucial, so I’m always willing to bring on new people.
Some of these long-time readers have helped me and are people I trust implicitly. Those who are new to the party have not yet achieved this level of confidence. For these readers, I use a watermark.
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Before I continue, let me explain (even though I probably know what this is already). A watermark is an image or identifying text that is placed on the background of each page of a document. Watermarks are visible enough to see but not enough to hinder reading the words or images on the page.
Watermarks are a common tool used in business communications, where it is necessary to ensure that those who receive the document know – without asking – who the sender is.
For me, I add my full name as a watermark so that there is no mistake as to who it is or what it is. This does not mean that a watermark will prevent anyone from stealing your work. After all that, Where there is a will there is a way Definitely applies. But a watermark can actually help prevent some theft of your creative work… even if it’s just a mind trick, reminding those people that you care about the work.
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Another nice side effect of a watermark is brand awareness. When I send manuscripts to beta readers, agents, or publishers, they are reminded of who wrote the book on every page, without obscuring the text in any way.
LibreOffice makes adding a watermark to a document very easy. Once you place a watermark in a document, it will remain in that document (even if you export it as a PDF) until you remove it.
Let me show you how to add a watermark to a LibreOffice document.
How to add a watermark to a document in LibreOffice
What you will need: To do this, you’ll need to install LibreOffice on your desktop or laptop. Make sure your LibreOffice installation is up-to-date, so you have the latest features, bug fixes, and security patches. I will explain this process in version 184.108.40.206.
If you reach the point in your workflow where you need to remove the watermark (for example when I send a manuscript to my publisher), open the Watermark dialog box (Format > Watermark), delete the text you added, and click OK.
And that’s all there is to adding a watermark to a LibreOffice document. This is a great way to add branding and minimal security to the documents you share with others.