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AutoCAD Tutorial: Creating Custom Watermarks or Plot Stamps

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Welcome. I'm Cindy Dunn, President of CCAD inc. There are many instances when a watermark or plot stamp is needed on a drawing. The drawing may be confidential, for quoting purposes only or for review. The PLOT and PUBLISH commands include a PLOT STAMP option, however it is not very flexible and it is easily overlooked.

In this video I will demonstrate how to create custom watermarks or plot stamps.

The first step is to create a layer for each potential watermark and change the Transparency property. A transparency setting of 0 is opaque. The higher the value, the more transparent objects on the layer will appear. I will use a value of 60.

The second step is to create a text style for the watermarks. This isn't absolutely necessary, but I like to define text styles for different applications.

The next step is to create the watermark text on the appropriate layer, choosing the rotation angle and other desired text properties. I create my watermarks in Paper Space on layout tabs. When I switch to the Model Space tab, the watermark doesn't show.

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